Exercises Basic Delete at least four consecutive words in the following sentences, replace those words with just one word. What else would she nod but her head? The Legate inquires who struck the blow. Rule breaking may result in a permanent ban without prior warning. I searched for every metaphor, each simile, every omitted word. You try to express that idea in words. Shakespeare does not portray Katharine as a very admirable character, nor does Bianca remain long in memory as an important character in Shakespeare's works. A common fault is to use as the subject of a passive construction a noun which expresses the entire action, leaving to the verb no function beyond that of completing the sentence.
This rule refers especially to loose sentences of a particular type, those consisting of two co-ordinate clauses, the second introduced by a conjunction or relative. I saw what it was doing to her and, in turn, to me. First, the targets are always words that end in -ly, some of which like manly and friendly are not adverbs at all. The small baby didn't like the harsh cackle of the evil witch. I think we all do. The campaign opened with a series of reverses. Use of it twice in this sentence is a double waste of words.
The sound of the falls still reached our ears. As I write to you now, a copy of the little book sits before me. The more boxes you can check for your manuscript, the leaner, meaner, and more ready it will be for submission to a publisher. My objections are, first, that the measure is unjust; second, that it is unconstitutional. But in the criticism or interpretation of literature the writer should be careful to avoid dropping into summary.
They are there to be used, and used with skill and abandon. The army was rapidly mobilized. Thanks for giving this macro a try and for sharing your experiences with it. The sun shone on my arm resting on the open window, the last of summer falling onto my Shetland sweater. I think I was just trying to make conversation - It got quiet at the house. In fiction, when you aim for efficiency over everything else you writing might come across as lacking soul or passion.
You will exceed in your role when you manage to write in a concise, compelling, and understandable way. Must he write twenty consecutive sentences of the same pattern? An unconvincing word; avoid it as a means of introduction. If the poem is a narrative in the third person throughout, paragraph C need contain no more than a concise summary of the action. Additionally, dictionaries follow the language. I just tried it and it works brilliantly. You add another sentence, hoping to clarify what you mean.
Shouted and cried also serve to increase the tension of the passage. If you spot a violation, please use the Report button underneath the post. When it is clear that you are giving an example, you do not need to say that you are giving an example: Boxers are allowed to punch each other and possibly knock the other unconscious whereas on the street that would result in an arrest. I spend most of my time uprooting every unnecessary word or phrase from my writing, pruning it to the essentials, then tossing in a descriptive word or two for voice. Before you turn in your final draft, take some time to work on eliminating any redundant, excessive, or unnecessary words or language from your sentences. An exception may be made of sentences of transition, indicating the relation between the parts of an exposition or argument. Sometimes, however, the passive voice is used to evade, and this is the type of passive that Orwell and many other commentators object to the most.
But it is not sufficient. The Duke of York, his brother, who was regarded with hostility by the Whigs Modifiers should come, if possible next to the word they modify. But we writers need to listen to our editors—even if that means listening to ourselves! Is it important to emphasize that it is one act? Two semesters later, I entered a Brevity Blog contest and won second place. Strunk is advocating or I in my interpretation of Strunk am advocating merely paying close attention and working to edit out filler words that add no meaning or valuable description. When you omit the needless, you choose the necessary— and sometimes, that is one perfect ray of sun falling on the back of your hand.
This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. In the sentence, Great kings worshipped at his shrine, the emphasis upon kings arises largely from its meaning and from the context. Three things I lacked as a college sophomore. Our assignment for the week was to write two 250-word essays. The finaloutcome will be difficult to determine. Wordsworth, in the fifth book of The Excursion, gives a minute description of this church.
This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or avoid all detail and treat subjects only in outline, but make every word tell. Writing, to be effective, must follow closely the thoughts of the writer, but not necessarily in the order in which those thoughts occur. This will be is a series, so keep your pages and mark them up as we go. The 1918 recommendation from Strunk still holds true today: Vigorous writing is concise. Ideally, one that contains critical technical and business terminology. The hot summer sun seemed stagnant that summer day. Something I like about Jerry Jenkins is that he practices what he preaches as I opened each of his Left Behind books and put them to the test.