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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tips for Sharpening Your Writing Skills


Beware lurking non sequiturs!

Non sequitur is Latin and means “it does not follow”—that is, “it’s not logical; it doesn’t make sense.” A sentence with a non sequitur contains a statement that has no logical connection with the rest of the sentence.

Examples:
Born in a log cabin, Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth President of the United States.
(It does not logically follow that because Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin, he would become the sixteenth President of the United States. The two ideas should not be united in one sentence.)

A successful and popular athlete admired by his classmates, Joe was fatally injured in a traffic accident today.
(There is no logical connection between Joe’s fatal injury and his status as a popular athlete. The two ideas should not be united in one sentence.)

To correct a non sequitur, put it with information that is logically related, or remove it altogether from the sentence. 

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2 comments:

  1. Oh, I see these all the time in novels & it drives me crazy! Now I know what to call them.

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    1. I confess I'm guilty of committing them, so the lesson was a good one for me! :)

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