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The Verb
A verb is a word which implies action or the doing of somethi...

Says Ii Said
"Says I" is a vulgarism; don't use it. "I said" is correct fo...

Ellipsis
Errors in ellipsis occur chiefly with prepositions. His ob...

Throughthroughout
Don't say "He is well known through the land," but "He is wel...

What Should Guests Talk About At Dinner?
"Good talk is not to be had for the asking. Humors must fir...

Formal Invitations
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wagstaff request the ...

Lessfewer
Less refers is quantity, fewer to number. "No man has less vi...

Sequence Of Person
Remember that the first person takes precedence of the second...


STRENGTH




Diction - Purity - Propriety - Precision.

Strength is that property of style which gives animation, energy and
vivacity to language and sustains the interest of the reader. It is as
necessary to language as good food is to the body. Without it the words
are weak and feeble and create little or no impression on the mind. In
order to have strength the language must be concise, that is, much
expressed in little compass, you must hit the nail fairly on the head and
drive it in straight. Go critically over what you write and strike out
every word, phrase and clause the omission of which impairs neither the
clearness nor force of the sentence and so avoid redundancy, tautology
and circumlocution. Give the most important words the most prominent
places, which, as has been pointed out elsewhere, are the beginning and
end of the sentence.





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