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    Meaning of words

    "An unskilful writer will sometimes construct a whole paragraph of sentences of this kind, using as connectives and, but, and less frequently, who, which, when, where, and while, these last in non-restrictive senses.

    The third concert of the subscription series was given last evening, and a large audience was in attendance. Mr. Edward Appleton was the soloist, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra furnished the instrumental music. The former showed himself to be an artist of the first rank, while the latter proved itself fully deserving of its high reputation. The interest aroused by the series has been very gratifying to the Committee, and it is planned to give a similar series annually hereafter. The fourth concert will be given on Tuesday, May 10, when an equally attractive programme will be presented.

    Apart from its triteness and emptiness, the paragraph above is bad because of the structure of its sentences, with their mechanical symmetry and sing-song." (From "The Elements of Style")

    Could you please tell me what are the meanings of the underlined above?
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    Re: Meaning of words

    Hi Deepurple

    If I were to rewrite the paragraph as follows, would it help to understand the meaning of "sing song"?:

    The third concert of the subscription series was given last evening,
    and a large audience was in attendance.

    Mr. Edward Appleton was the soloist,
    and the Boston Symphony Orchestra furnished the instrumental music.

    The former showed himself to be an artist of the first rank,
    while the latter proved itself fully deserving of its high reputation.

    The interest aroused by the series has been very gratifying to the Committee,
    and it is planned to give a similar series annually hereafter.

    The fourth concert will be given on Tuesday, May 10,
    when an equally attractive programme will be presented.

    Hope this helps
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    Re: Meaning of words

    Thank you for your effort, NT.
    But do you know the meanings I underlined in the paragraph?
    Does it mean "like" for "using as..." and "hymn or poem" for "sing-song"?
    Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks again.

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    Re: Meaning of words

    Hi Deepurple

    Laid out the way I showed it, it is like a series of couplets from a song - see:

    couplet: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
    1. A unit of verse[/song] consisting of two successive lines, usually rhyming and having the same meter and often forming a complete thought or syntactic unit.
    Hope this helps clarify the intent.
    Regards
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