Student or Learner
I'd like you to tell me if suspension points can be used at the end of my sentence to express self-irony:
1.'And there I was, fighting against routine, cliches, my students' self-complacency, my own...'
2.Second, is the "And' ok here, as long as grammars tell you not to start a sentence with 'and'?
3.Is the comma ok after 'And there I was'?
A BIG thank you,
First, a BIG thank you!
Next, I'm a bit puzzled because you said that in my sentence:
''And there i was, fighting against routine, cliches, my students' self-complacency, my own...'
it is not clearly understood wheter I refer to my own self-complacency; I thought that by placing the suspension points I make this clear and, what's more, I express self-irony as to my own reluctance to whatever is new (in teaching).
What should I do to make it clear that I refer to my self-complacency? Repeat the subject, forget the suspension points?
Looking forward to your reply,
simplythebest at her... worst
First (not Post Script,but Pre Script ) a comment on your first post;
I strongly agree with Raymott, but wonder what you mean by 'as long as'; you seem to mean 'since', or 'seeing that' (very informally 'seeing as how' - to be avoided in an exam!). 'As long as' can refer to time ('It is daytime as long as the sun is shining') or to a condition ('Oh all right, you can sleep on my floor, as long as it's just for one night.')2.second, is the "and' ok here, as long as grammars tell you not to start a sentence with 'and'?
Raymott: that's an old "rule". You can ignore it. (same for "but"). Many very good writers begin sentences with "and" and but".
*I don't see what this prefix adds, but it's your sentence
He begins the sentence with a list of things that a young idealistic teacher is fighting against, then admits that his own complacency is one of them. The irony comes from that incongruence.
Of course, you're right about the other problems in the sentence.
With reference to 'self-complacency', I see that some AE online dictionaries (Merriam-Webster, among others) list both 'self-complacency' and 'complacency'.
Oxford, Longman, Macmillan list only 'complacency'.
In a recent Romanian-English dictionary I found only 'self-complacency' for 'the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself'.
Isn't 'self-complacency' currently used in British English?