William Strunk Jr.

The Elements of Style

Nush Yeghiazarianhas quotedlast month
Exceptions are the possessive of ancient proper names in -es and -is, the possessive Jesus’, and such forms as for conscience’ sake, for righteousness’ sake. But such forms as Achilles’ heel, Moses’ laws, Isis’ temple are commonly replaced by
the heel of Achilles
the laws of Moses
the temple of Isis
Kapil Goelhas quoted4 months ago
is nearly half past five, and we cannot reach town before dark.
Soliloquios Literarioshas quoted7 months ago
Form the possessive singular of nouns by adding ’s.
Follow this rule whatever the final consonant.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
Thanking You in Advance.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
Participle for verbal noun.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
One of the most.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
One hundred and one.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
Line, along these lines
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
Less refers to quantity, fewer to number.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
At the end of a list introduced by such as, for example, or any similar expression, etc. is incorrect.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
As good or better than
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
Least open to objection when it represents the last terms of a list already given in full, or immaterial words at the end of a quotation.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
The other prominent position in the sentence is the beginning. Any element in the sentence, other than the subject, may become emphatic when placed first.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
The proper place in the sentence for the word, or group of words, which the writer desires to make most prominent is usually the end.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
presenting the statements or the thought of some one else, as in summarizing an essay or reporting a speech, the writer should avoid intercalating such expressions as “he said,” “he stated,” “the speaker added,” “the speaker then went on to say,” “the author also thinks,” or the like. He should indicate clearly at the outset, once for all, that what follows is summary, and then waste no words in repeating the notification.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
he make every word tell
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
Herbert Spencer, from whose Philosophy of Style the preceding paragraph is quoted, illustrates the principle by the sentences:
In proportion as the manners, customs, and amusements of a nation are cruel and barbarous, the regulations of their penal code will be severe.
In proportion as men delight in battles, bull-fights, and combats of gladiators, will they punish by hanging, burning, and the rack.
Julia Zaytsevahas quoted8 months ago
specific, definite, and concrete
Lucy Draganchevahas quoted10 months ago
The other prominent position in the sentence is the beginning. Any element in the sentence, other than the subject, may become emphatic when placed first.
Deceit or treachery he could never forgive.
Lucy Draganchevahas quoted10 months ago
The proper place in the sentence for the word, or group of words, which the writer desires to make most prominent is usually the end.
Humanity has hardly advanced in fortitude since that time, though it has advanced in many other ways.
Humanity, since that time, has advanced in many other ways, but it has hardly advanced in fortitude.
This steel is principally used for making razors, because of its hardness.
Because of its hardness, this steel is principally used in making razors.
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