Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style by Virginia Tufte

By Virginia Tufte

In Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style,Virginia Tufte exhibits how ordinary sentence styles and kinds give a contribution to which means and artwork in additional than one thousand awesome sentences from the 20 th and twenty-first centuries.  The e-book has certain curiosity for aspiring writers, scholars of literature and language, and somebody who reveals pleasure in studying and writing.

". . . Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style, ordinarily well-known because the most sensible examine of sentence style."--Brooks Landon, college of Iowa, in Building invaluable Sentences, page 122.<span><span>  </span></span>

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Instead of obviously well-heeled patrons dining at a gourmet landmark with hushed solemnity, people seem to be having more fun... [The] crowd now cuts a wide swath-young and old, tourists and Angelenos, haute and hipster, dressed up and dressed down. And when the hour of 10 rolls around, another, even more diverse wave floods in, energized by the concert or play they've just attended, talking music, talking art, hungry and feeling like celebrating. S. Irene Virbila, "Still ahead of the curve," FI, F3 A transitive pattern serves as base clause at the end of the coming sentence, with free modifiers preceding it, that is, branching off to its left: In the sound of the wood pigeons calling in the trees behind them, and the sound of running water at their feet, they unpacked their tea.

Time passed. He sat again in the front bench of the chapel. The daylight was already falling... James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 126 Various patterns are allotted carefully to the next two paragraphs, the short sentences arriving at key points to signal the essential events. In each, transitive patterns join with intransitive at the end for a wellplanned conclusion, in the one a collapse into sleep, in the other the activation of a simple movement: The doctor went away into the mist.

And after the movie he could go next door to the Trolley Car Diner,; where Jimmy, their boarder, would fry him a burger if he was not too busy. Fannie Flagg C H A P T E R TWO Noun Phrases p Simplicity is not a given. It is an achievement, a human invention, a discovery, a beloved belief. William H. Gass, Finding a Form, 305 • VvrmT for three short words, is not and is, the two sentences above are composed entirely of noun phrases, seven of them: Simplicity is a noun; a given is a verb turned into a nominal; It is a pronoun.

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