Sentences and Thinking; A Practice Book in Sentence Making

9780217551779: Sentences and Thinking; A Practice Book in Sentence Making

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1919. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... / CHAPTER II SENTENCES AND THINKING I. Subordination. A sentence, we have seen, is a group of words expressing a complete thought. A complete thought may contain any number of constituent thoughts. When a sentence contains only one thought, it is a simple sentence; for example: The man stands in the doorway. We usually think, so to speak, in simple sentences, -- our thoughts coming, not in bundles, but successively and singly. The following might represent a train of thought: The man stands in the doorway. He is tall. Perhaps the doorway is low. His figure is shadowy. His clothes are dark. The house is dark within. One cannot distinguish the man's features.. Obviously, that would be a hopelessly monotonous and ineffective way of expressing oneself on paper, no matter how accurately it represents our undirected thinking. The first step that one naturally takes in endeavoring to avoid this jerky, incoherent manner of writing is the binding together of closely related ideas, tying them in bundles. So one writes: The man is tall, or else the doorway is low. His clothes are dark, and the house is dark within. Etc. In each of these two sentences, we have united two ideas by using a coordinating conjunction that expresses the relation of the constituent thoughts to each other, -- or expressing alternation, and addition. The result in each case is a compound sentence: it presents a complete thought composed of two independent constituent thoughts. Frequently, -- in telling a story, for instance, -- we express our thoughts in the form of compound sentences containing a large number of constituent thoughts. Thus: The street was bare, and not a soul was visible, and the horse and buggy went crashing on, and then we saw a child just round the curve. It seemed...

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