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English Composition, Lesson 04. Essentials of Expression

To complete this lesson, complete the following tasks:

  1. Study the lesson for mastery.
  2. Watch video prelection.
  3. Complete the lesson composition exercise.
  4. Complete the lesson Exam.
Image of Jane Austen for the Classical Liberal Arts Academy's English Composition course.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)


The proper expression of ideas depends upon the observance of two essentials:

  1. first, you should say what you mean ; and
  2. second, you should say it clearly.

Without these, what you say may be not only valueless, but positively misleading. If you wish your hearer to understand what occurred at a certain time and place, you must first of all know yourself exactly what did occur. Then you must express it in language that shall make him understand it as clearly as you do. You will learn much about clearness, later ; but even now you can tell whether you know what is meant by each sentence which you hear or read. It is not so easy to tell whether what you say will convey clearly to another the meaning you intend to convey, but you will be helped in this if you ask yourself the questions:

  • Do I know exactly what happened?
  • Have I said what I intended to say?
  • Have I said it so that it will be clear to the listener?

Oral Composition 1

Report orally on one of the following:

  1. Were you so interested in anything yesterday that you told it to your parents or friends? Tell the class about it.
  2. Tell about something that you have done this week, so that the class may know exactly what you did.
  3. Name some things in which you have been interested within the last two or three months. Tell the class about one of them.
  4. Tell the class about something that happened during vacation. Have you told the event exactly as it occurred?


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