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The specific or characteristic manner of expression, execution, construction, or design of an author
Converstional language used in certain types of informal and narrative writing but rarely in essays, business writing, or research writings
A form of comparison that uses a clear illustration to explain a difficult idea or function
The word, phrase, or clause to which a pronoun refers; Any happening or thing that is prior to another, or anything that logically preceds a subject
A statement that seems to be contradictory but actually contains an element of truth
A method of making a weaker statement than is warranted by truth, accuracy, or importance
A figure of language in which a thing is not designated by its own name but by another associated with or suggested by it
The repetition of initial consonant sounds in words placed closely nest to each other
What the writer wants to accomplish in an essay
A brief, engaging account of some happening, often historical, biographical, or personal
The situation surrounding a word, group of words, or sentence
Presents a quality of a class in syllogism
The placing of a relatively less important idea in an inferior grammatical position to the main idea
A method of logic consisting of the presentation of a series of facts, pieces of information, or instances in order to formulate or build a likely generalization
The main idea in an essay
A type of figurative language in which an item from one category is compared briefly and imaginatively with an item from another area
States that a particular subject is a member of a class in syllogism
The use of language to suggest the opposite of what is stated
The humorous or critical treatment of a subject in order to expose the subject's vices, follies, stupidities, and so forth
Anything taken for granted or presumed to be accepted by the audience and therefore unstated
The placing of elements-either similar or contrasting-close together, positioning them side by side in order to illuminate the subject
An argument or form of reasoning in which two statements or premises are made and a logical conclusion is drawn from them
The 'shades of meaning' that a word might have because of various emotional associations it calls up for writers and readers alike
giving an object, a thing, or an idea lifelike or human characteristics
Vocabulary or usage that belongs to an ealier period and is old-fashioned today
The way you express your ideas to the reader, the tone you take in addressing your audience
The main idea that a paragraph develops
A variety of sentence structures in which there is balance or coordination in the presentation of elements
The art of using words effectively in speaking or writing
Ridiculing the language or style of another writer or composer
A special approach to writing that departs from what is typically a conccrete, straightforward style; The use of vivid, imaginative statements to illuminate or illustrate an idea
A literary, biolographical, or historical reference, whether real or imaginary; A 'figure of speech' (a fresh, useful comparison) employed to illuminate and idea
The balancing of one idea or term against another for emphasis
The 'dictionary' definition of a word-its exact meaning
the grammatical arrangement of parts of the same order or equality in rank
A figurative comparison using like or as
The writer's attitude towards his or her subject or material; The voice that writers give to an essay
Clear, vivid description that appeals to the sense of sight, smell, touch, sound, or taste
Appears in an essay (normally somewhere in the first paragraph) to convey the main idea to the reader in a clear and emphatic manner
A form of figurative language that uses exaggeration to overstate a position
A form of logic that begins with a generally stated truth or principle and then offers details, examples, and reasoning to support the generalization
A short, pointed statement expressing a general truism or an idea in an original or imaginative way
A question asked only to emphasize a point, intoduce a topic, or provoke thought, but not to elicit an answer
The manner of expression in words, choice of words, or wording
The role or characterization that writers occasionally create for themselves in a personal narrative

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