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Sin & Syntax by Constance Hale - Excerpt

Sin & Syntax by Constance Hale - Excerpt

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Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone.

With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing.
Today’s writers need more spunk than Strunk: whether it's the Great American e-mail, Madison Avenue advertising, or Grammy Award-winning rap lyrics, memorable writing must jump off the page. Copy veteran Constance Hale is on a mission to make creative communication, both the lyrical and the unlawful, an option for everyone.

With its crisp, witty tone, Sin and Syntax covers grammar’s ground rules while revealing countless unconventional syntax secrets (such as how to use—Gasp!—interjections or when to pepper your prose with slang) that make for sinfully good writing.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Aug 28, 2013
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CHAPTER 4
 Adjectives
Bones
Adjectives are consorts, never attending a party alone, preferring tohook themselves on the arm of a sturdy noun. Adjectives embellishtheir companions, defining the qualities of the person, place, or thingthey’re escorting, and sharing relevant details whenever possible.In chapter 1, we talked about nouns that might be used in placeof 
house
. We can say that adjectives are the words that make the du-plex, dacha, or hacienda distinctive, by suggesting the size and shape of the structure (
boxy
,
 sprawling
), the trim around the windows and doors(
Victorian
,
 postmodern
), the color of the siding (
cerise
,
celadon
), or theoverall effect (
elegant
,
hangarlike
,
downright
 
dingy
).“Limiting” adjectives make a noun more particular. They includearticles (
 a
door,
the
cellar); possessive nouns and pronouns (
Benny’s
 bungalow,
 my
favorite color); demonstrative, indefinite, and interroga-tive pronouns (
that
closet,
 any
bathroom,
 which
window?); and num-bers (
three
bidets!).The
comparative
form of an adjective is used for comparing twopeople or things (
 she is zanier than I
), and the
superlative
is used forcomparing one person or thing with every other member of its group(
 she was the zaniest kid on the block
). In the comparative and superla-tive forms, shorter adjectives take on a suffix (
-er 
or
-est
) and others

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