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    using About at the start of a sentence

    Hello.

    I am struggling to identify what the author has done here with regards to About:

    He was thinking of a page near the beginning of a history book he had studied in the Sixth at school in 1939. About the barbarian migrations in pre-history; the Celts and Iberians, Goth and Vandals and Huns.

    It seems that rather than having one whole sentence he has seperated it into two by using the full stop then 'About the .... '. Is this an adjectival clause that has been seperated from its verbal clause.

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    Re: using About at the start of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by g4giant View Post
    Hello.

    I am struggling to identify what the author has done here with regards to about:

    He was thinking of a page near the beginning of a history book he had studied in the Sixth at school in 1939. About the barbarian migrations in pre-history; the Celts and Iberians, Goth and Vandals and Huns.

    It seems that rather than having one whole sentence he has seperated it into two by using the full stop then 'About the .... '. Is this an adjectival clause that has been seperated from its verbal clause.
    Yes. for the purpose of style.

    Petra

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    Re: using About at the start of a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by g4giant View Post
    Is this an adjectival clause that has been seperated from its verbal clause?
    I suppose that's what it's called. It's an intentional sentence fragment used to shift emphasis.

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    Re: using About at the start of a sentence

    In my opinion it's just a badly written pair of sentences. You can break the normal rules of grammar for stylistic effect if the meaning and intended effect are clear, but this example is a little awkward to read even for a native speaker.

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    Question Re: using About at the start of a sentence

    Thanks guys,

    Having search the glossary of terms i ntoice that 'about' is a preposition so it might be a prepositional phrase made out of the seperation rather than an adjectival one?? Anyone know?

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