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  • #31
    Originally posted by Mikey_C
    P.S. Isn't "He failed to understand the book completely" what is required?
    Surely the point is to stop faffing about with split infinitives or not split infinitives and just say what you mean? -

    'Ee, tha' book went righ' o'er mi 'ead'.

    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."


    • #32
      I might use:

      'Completely, he failed to understand the book'

      Possibly Wikipedia's 'Unnatural Fourth Option'...I actually find it reasonably digestible, and a useful alternative arrangement for the avoidance of monotony in narrative rhythm.

      Gresley's A4 Pacifics are things of beauty. I've got two.


      • #33
        Or you could use the 'show not tell' principle.

        'Hey, wasn't Chapter nine a great read?'
        'Umm, er - chapter nine? So what was in chapter nine again?'

        But I guess that kind of ducks the question.


        • #34
          Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
          I believe that the reason the apostrophe is there is because it is possessive.
          You're right. :oops:


          • #35
            A possesive apostrophe! I was once stalked by a scary looking comma, 'till I got out an injunction against it. :P

            Sorry all, bad joke. It's late. :(