The century handbook of writing- PDF by Garland Greever

The century handbook of writing

The century handbook of writing

This handbook treats essential matters of grammar, diction, spelling, mechanics; and develops with thoroughness the principles of sentence structure. Larger units of composition it leaves to the texts in formal rhetoric. The book is built on a decimal plan, the material is simplified and reduced to one hundred articles. 

Headings of these articles are summarized on two opposite pages by a chart. Here the student can see at a glance the resources of the volume, and the instructor can find immediately the number he wishes to write in the margin of a theme. 

The chart and the decimal scheme together make the rules accessible for instant reference. By a device equally efiicient, the book throws upon the student the responsibility of teaching himself. Each article begins with a concise rule, which is illustrated by examples: then follows a short " parallel exercise " which the instructor may assign by adding an X to the number he writes in the margin of a theme. 

While correcting this exercise, the student will give attention to the rule and will acquire theory and practice at the same time. Moreover, every group of ten articles is followed by mixed exer- cises; these may be used for review or imposed in the margin of a theme as a penalty for flagrant or repeated error. Thus friendly counsel is backed by discipline, and the instructor has the means of compelling the student to make rapid progress toward good English. Although a handbook of this nature is in some ways arbitrary, the arbitrariness is always in the interest of simplicity. 

The book does have simplicity, permits instant reference, and provides an adequate drill that may be assigned at the stroke of a pen.

Some Contents:

1. Fragments wrongly used as sentences
2. Incomplete constructions
3. Necessary words omitted
4. Comparisons not logically completed
5. Cause and reason
6. Is Zijhcn and is ivliere clauses
7. Undeveloped thought
8. Transitions
9. Exercise
A. Incomplete sentences
B. Incomplete constructions
C. Incomplete logic
D. Undeveloped thought and transitions
10. Unrelated ideas in one sentence
11. Excessive detail
12. Stringy sentences to be broken up
13. Choppy sentences to be combined
14. Excessive coordination
15. Faulty subordination of the main thought
16. Subordination thwarted by and
17. The and which construction
18. The comma splice
19. Exercise
A. The comma splice
B. One thought in a sentence
C. Excessive coordination
D. Upside-down subordination
20. Divided reference
21. Weak reference
22. Broad reference
23. Dangling participle or gerund
24. General incoherence
25. Logical sequence
26. Squinting modifier
2";. Misplaced word
28. Split construction
29. Exercise
A. Reference of pronouns
B. Dangling modifiers
C. Coherence
Parallel Structure
30. Parallel structure for parallel thoughts
31. Correlatives
2)2. The shift in subject or voice
ZZ- Shift in number, person, or tense
34. Mixed constructions
35. Mixed imagery
Use of Connectives
36. The exact connective
yj. Repetition of connective with gain in clearness
38. Repetition of connective with loss in clearness
39. Exercise
A. Parallel structure
B. Shift in subject or voice
C. Shift in number, person, or tense
D. The exact connective
E. Repetition of connectives
40. Emphasis by position
41. Emphasis by separation
42. Emphasis by subordination
43. The periodic sentence
44. Order of climax
45. The balanced sentence
46. Weak effect of the passive voice
47. Repetition: a Words;  Structure
48. Repetition offensive: a Words; b Structure
49. Exercise
A. Lack of emphasis in general
B. Loose structure
C. Repetition

the book details :
  • Author: Garland Greever and  Easley S. Jones
  • Publication date: 1918
  • Company: New York: The Century Co.

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