Friday, May 22, 2009

Emphasis in English Part II

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1) Constructions with an anticipatory “it” also serves the purpose of emphasis:


It was he who broke the window.

It was in the middle of the night that the fierce fire burst out.

2) Sentences with the construction: of + objective case of the personal pronoun is also an emphatic construction:


Not for the life of me could I do such a stupid thing.

It will be the unavoidable death of him.

I can not bear the terrible sight of it.

3) The so-called repetition group are another favorite device to make a word prominent:


He added improvement after improvement to his machine.

She thought of it again and again.

It was miles and miles of winding forest path.

4) Abstract noun and names of materials are made emphatic when used in the plural:


The snows and frosts of an Arctic winter killed them.

A thousand pardons were produced when she made a mistake.

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