Grammar, Rhetoric, and Style
This chapter focuses on grammar, specifically on understanding that grammar is much more than just the rules that we have been taught. Rath- er, grammar can be used rhetorically—with an understanding of the writ- ing situation and making appropriate choices regarding the structure of the sentences, the use of punctuation, using active or passive voice, etc. In other words, this chapter focuses on using grammar to influence a piece of writing’s style, rather than focusing on the correctness of the grammar. Readers are encouraged to look at the writing that they see in their casual or research reading and evaluate the grammar of those pieces to gain a better understanding of how they can control their own use of grammar.