BROKEN CONSTRUCTION





Sometimes the beginning of a sentence presents quite a different

grammatical construction from its end. This arises from the fact

probably, that the beginning is lost sight of before the end is reached.

This occurs frequently in long sentences. Thus: "Honesty, integrity and

square-dealing will bring anybody much better through life than the

absence of either." Here the construction is broken at than. The use of

either, only used in referring to one of two, shows that the fact is

forgotten that three qualities and not two are under consideration. Any

one of the three meanings might be intended in the sentence, viz.,

absence of any one quality, absence of any two of the qualities or

absence of the whole three qualities. Either denotes one or the other of

two and should never be applied to any one of more than two. When we fall

into the error of constructing such sentences as above, we should take

them apart and reconstruct them in a different grammatical form.

Thus,--"Honesty, integrity and square-dealing will bring a man much

better through life than a lack of these qualities which are almost

essential to success."





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