August 14, 2017

Predicate Adjective at the Beginning of a Sentence



You'd never say "Delicious is the apple pie." Yet it's pretty common for feature articles to have sentences like, "Also delicious is the apple pie." It's grammatical in some interesting ways, but in the writing world, it can be a little hacky.

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Adjuncts, Disjuncts, and Conjuncts
Posted by June on August 14, 2017
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A reader wrote to say he prefers “I hope that” to “hopefully.” The reason, as he put it: “Hopefully, the train will arrive on time” makes him think of “the brave Little Engine that Could pulling into the station filled with hope.” That's a common misperception: That "hopefully" can modify only a verb and not a whole clause or sentence. It's not true. But it afford us a good opportunity to learn about the three types of conjunctions: adjuncts, disjuncts, and conjuncts. Here's my recent column on the subject.

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    June Punctuation rules for American English are indeed "always" put the period or comma before the closing quote mark. British style is as you described (that is, it follows a certain logic). But American rules are rooted in a printing convention that originated from aesthetics concerns. I'm quite confident that this American convention will go the way of the dinosaur. Wikipedia is proof: Their style is situational in the way you described. But for now, it's the rule: The comma always goes "inside," as does a "period."

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    June Oops. Fixing now. (Better late than never.)

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    JR "An" Not-So-Thrilling Typo?

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    Hudson "You're"--I can't believe I did that.

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    Hudson I'm coming to you for this because your my most trusted (and favorite) grammar authority. I just received my certificate for rhetoric and professional writing after many years of taking classes. Next stop is my associates degree. To save time and money, I'm planning to take the CLEP for analyzing and interpreting literature. One of the study guides I'm using tells me that the terminating punctuation mark can go outside the quotation marks when the quoted word or words is either an article title or something being used to make a word stand out as being ironic or sarcastic. This has always made sense to me, but after reading so many things that say the terminating punctuation "always" goes inside the quotation marks in American English, I am in the habit now of making no exceptions to that rule. What's correct here? Thank you!