Robert Treyes UCI Tech Writing 2:00-3:20 Memorandum Date: February 19, 2008 To: UCI Tech Students From: Robert Treyes RE: Four Rules from The Elements of Style This is the sixth set of rules from The Elements of Style . Similar to the first three memos, they will involve rules of writing. However, there is still a pretty big difference from the other three sets because this week’s set of rules are all about how to write and have a style. The first three were always on rules of writing and grammatical correctness. Rule 21: In summaries, keep to one tense In summarizing the action of a drama, use the present tense. In summarizing a poem, story, or novel, also use the present if it seems more natural to do so. If the summary is in present tense, antecedent action should be expressed by the perfect. Whichever tense is used in the summary, a past tense in indirect discourse or in direct questions remains unchanged. Apart from the exceptions, the writer should use the same tense throughout. Rule 22: Place the emphatic words of the sentence at the end
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