This book consist of lectures given by me at Cambridge. Though they have been la...
This book consist of lectures given by me at Cambridge. Though they have been largely rewritten, I have kept a good deal of their original lecture-form, as being (I hope) rather less formal and less dogmatic. For to dogmatism, those who write on language seem, for some reason, particularly prone; and I should like to make clear at once that, if at times I have put my view strongly, I do not forget that such matters of taste must remain mere matters of opinion.
In addition I have included a good many specimen passages from various authors. Perhaps I have quoted too much. But a book on style without abundant examples seems to me as ineffectual as a book on art, or biology without abundant illustrations. Many of these passages are in French. That may be Gallomanian on my part and I must apologize if they trouble some readers. But some ability to read French prose does seem to me most desirable for anyone who would write well in English. I have tried to choose pieces not too difficult in syntax or vocabulary. And in these days less than ever can we afford to be better insular.The author says that writers on language are
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The correct answer is A.
The passage is an excerpt from a book written by an author who gave lectures at Cambridge. The author explains that the book is based on those lectures, but has been rewritten. The author also mentions that they have included many examples from various authors in the book, including some passages in French. The author believes that it is important to read French prose in order to write well in English.
The question asks what the author thinks about writers on language. The options are A) inclined to be dogmatic, B) opposed to dogmatism, C) unlikely to be dogmatic, D) resolved to be dogmatic, and E) ready to be dogmatic. The correct answer is A) inclined to be dogmatic, as the author says that writers on language seem to be particularly prone to dogmatism. This means that they are likely to be very confident in their opinions and not open to considering other points of view.
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