Two of the rules or “elements” from Strunk and White that I found helpful were “Do not break sentences in two”(7) and the chapter “Words and Expressions Commonly Misused” (39). The breaking of sentences is basically explaining why fragments of sentences aren’t sentences. According to Strunk and White ,”In other words do not use periods for commas”(7). From my understanding ,they are explaining how to piece sentences together without making it a run-on sentence.
The chapter “Words and Expressions Commonly Misused”(39), I believe is extremely helpful because I have witnessed others trying to use complicated words to appear intelligent, but really they don’t know the meaning of them or use it correctly. I have done this in the past and try to “catch” myself, and figure out the true meaning of the word I am using. For example, I can see the word “tortuous” (62) misinterpreted for “torturous”(62) if one isn’t careful. “Both words carry the idea of “twist,” the twist having been a form of torture”(62).
An element from Strunk and White that I find to be the least unhelpful is “Keep related words together”(28). According to Strunk and White, “Confusion and ambiguity result when words are badly placed. The writer must therefore, bring together the words and groups of words that are related in thought and keep apart those that are not so related”(28). What I don’t understand is the grouping of the words. I could list off things in a sentence, explain my day, and none of it could be related ,but it would make sense to me on paper and out loud. I read through the examples given and honestly I believe both examples sound fine.
Overall, I believe the other elements Strunk and White provide us with are extremely helpful. I recognize many from my grade school days and it’s always good to have something to look back to and reference from.