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Evaluating Style. Feature Menu. What Is Style? Diction Figures of Speech Sentence Patterns Review Tone Mood Practice. What Is Style?. Style is a writer’s distinctive way of using language. Style can take many forms. Formal/Informal. Comical/Serious. Plain/Ornate. [End of Section].

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evaluating style
Evaluating Style

Feature Menu

  • What Is Style?
    • Diction
    • Figures of Speech
    • Sentence Patterns
    • Review
  • Tone
  • Mood
  • Practice
what is style
What Is Style?

Style is a writer’s distinctive way of using language. Style can take many forms.

Formal/Informal

Comical/Serious

Plain/Ornate

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diction
Diction

Diction, or word choice, is one of the main elements of style.

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figures of speech
Figures of Speech

Whether a writer prefers to use figurative or literallanguage also affects style.

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sentence patterns
Sentence Patterns

Sentence patterns—the ways writers construct sentences—also help create style.

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review
Review

Compare the style of these two excerpts. Which is more formal?

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Tone

Tone is a writer’s attitude toward a subject, a character, or the audience. Writers convey tone through their choice of words.

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tumbled joyfully

rolled around noisily

OR

majestic sweep of dunes

empty waste of sand

Plot, theme, and tone

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Tone

You might find the following words helpful in describing tone:

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Tone

Listen to this passage from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. What is the writer’s tone? What words help create the tone?

“She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.”

from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Mood

Mood is the feeling a story evokes. Writers create mood through

  • figures of speech
  • diction

tender blooms in soft light

rolling hills draped by a shroud of fog

stalks etched starkly against an orange sky

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Mood

You might find the following words helpful in describing mood:

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Mood

Quick Check

What is the mood of the passage? What words and images help create the mood?

I still keep in mind a certain wonderful sunset which I witnessed. . . . high above the forest wall a clean-stemmed dead tree waved a single leafy bough that glowed like a flame in the unobstructed splendor that was flowing from the sun. There were graceful curves, reflected images, woody heights, soft distances: and over the whole scene, far and near, the dissolving lights drifted steadily, enriching it, every passing moment, with new marvels of coloring.

from Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain

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practice
Practice

Choose one of these topics: tests, friends, school lunches. Then, write about it twice. Write one paragraph in the formal style you would use in a research paper. Write the other in the informal style you would use when talking with friends.

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