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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 8 months ago

Rhetorical Strategies: is "marred by the onset of acne and despair" or "marred by acne and despair" better?

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  • RP
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    8 months ago

    IMHO, the first is more specific and expressive. That's why I prefer it.

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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    The former phrase has a better rhythm, and is api because despair rarely begins before the onset of adolescence.

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  • 8 months ago

    To what purpose is this rhetorical strategy intended? If I wanted to belittle an opponent as being naive and inexperienced, I would prefer "onset of" to indicate that they are barely pubescent and thus have little experience at anything important.

    I am not sure I would ever use that particular phrase for anything, of course.

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