Hale's 'Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch' unpacks power of the verb
Her latest adventure into the dynamics of language, "Hex, Vex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing," tackles ... She has one thing in mind: to help us create sparkling prose, sentence by sentence. "A simple sentence like a legendary power broker ...
Vivid verbs defended with verve
The "vex" section gets to what's vexing or puzzling about the subject matter of each chapter; e.g., what are the few things you really need to know about what makes a sentence, in the chapter on sentences. The "hex" section, which she might have called ...
Q+A-What is ex-Thai PM Thaksin doing in Cambodia?
The billionaire, who is on the run from a two-year prison sentence for abuse of power ... and appearing as a healer of diplomatic wounds, will further vex the Thai government and probably prolong the row. Thailand and Cambodia are barely on speaking ...
A genuine test
(d) Bob is a defensive driver. Answer: Nobody drives at 60 km per hour on the highway 2. Identify the parts of speech in the following sentence: "Eric Williams was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago." (a) Proper noun, who presided over ...
The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative
Each sentence, after all, has a distinct shape ... Constance Hale, a journalist based in San Francisco, is the author of “Sin and Syntax” and the forthcoming “Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch.” She covers writing and the writing life at sinandsyntax.com.