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Robert Benchley on Business Writing

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

In this comic essay, a brief model of business writing inspires Robert Benchley to compose a fanciful narrative.



The Difference Between Cooperative Overlap and...

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Cooperative overlap is a term used in conversation analysis to describe a face-to-face interaction in which one speaker talks at the same time as another speaker to demonstrate an interest in the conversation.



5 Ways to Emphasize a Point in Writing

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Here are five simple ways to emphasize key points in sentences and paragraphs.



Words of the Wise: Examples of Adages

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

An adage is ancient saying or maxim, brief and sometimes mysterious, that has become accepted as conventional wisdom.



Appositives in George Orwell's Essay 'A Hanging"

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

An appositive is a word or group of words that renames another word. Let's look at some of the ways in which essayist George Orwell uses appositives.



10 Things You Should Know About Noah Webster

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

By way of introduction, here are 10 facts worth knowing about Noah Webster, founder of America's great dictionary dynasty.



The Parts of a Speech in Classical Rhetoric

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In classical rhetoric, the parts of a speech are the conventional divisions of an oration: arrangement.



What Is Syntactic Fluency?

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

In composition, fluency is a general term for the clear, smooth, and seemingly effortless use of language in writing or speech.



Definition and Examples of Traductio:...

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Traductio is a rhetorical term (or figure of speech) for the repetition of a word or phrase in the same sentence.



Read an Enjoyable Cause and Effect Essay

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In the following composition (a revised version of



The Uses of White Space in Composition

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Spacing (or white space) is a general term for the areas of a page left blank, such as the areas between words, letters, lines of type, or paragraphs.



What Are the Benefits of Freewriting in...

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Freewriting is a discovery strategy intended to encourage the development of ideas without concern for the conventional rules of writing.



Jerome K. Jerome's Classic Essay on Being in...

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In this extended definition of melancholy, note Jerome's use of examples, analogies, and personification throughout the essay.



The Logical Fallacy of Amphiboly

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Amphiboly is a fallacy that relies on an ambiguous word or grammatical structure in a sentence.



How to Build Your Sentences With Appositives

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

An appositive is a word or group of words that identifies or renames another word in a sentence. Appositive constructions offer concise ways of describing or defining a person, place, or thing. In this article you will learn how to construct sentences with appositives.



Homophone Corner: Stair and Stare

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What Are Comment Clauses in English?

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition A comment



The Baroque Style in English Prose and Poetry

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In literary studies and rhetoric, baroque is a style of writing that is extravagant, heavily ornamented, and/or bizarre.



What Is the Confirmatio(n) in a Speech?

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Confirmation is the main part of a speech or text in which logical arguments in support of a position are elaborated.



Hot Hands, by Stephen Jay Gould

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I Won't Bother to Mention the Rhetorical Term...

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Apophasis is the mention of something in disclaiming intention of mentioning it--or pretending to deny what is really affirmed.



The Haunted Mind: A Classic Essay by Nathaniel...

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In Composition, It's All in the Details

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In composition, a detail is a particular item of information that supports an idea or contributes to an overall impression in a text.



Extraposition in English Grammar

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Yo! Whatever Happened to the Letter Called Yogh?

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class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Definition Yogh



Rhetorical Repetition: Conduplicatio

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A rhetorical term for the repetition of one or more words in successive clauses.



What is Systemic Functional Linguistics?

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Systemic functional linguistics is the study of the relationship between language and its functions in social settings.



Rogerian Argument: Cooperation, Not Confrontation

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

Rogerian argument is a negotiating strategy in which opposing views are described as objectively as possible in an effort to establish common ground and reach agreement.



Reciprocal Pronouns in English Grammar

2016-10-01T11:04:17Z

A reciprocal pronoun is a pronoun that expresses mutual action or relationship. In English the reciprocal pronouns are each other and one another.