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    bust a cap

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Oct 26, 2009.

    I was wondering . . . can I cap off a paragraph with an axium?

    In an example of a paragraph (fictional story), where truth and lies become revealed--could I end such a paragraph with something like: "In truth, we see the world as it is; in a lie, we see the world as we wish it to be seen"?
     
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    Can't see any reason why you couldn't do that, but it's difficult to tell without reading the paragraph. It may be that it would have more emphasis if it was written as a separate paragraph.
    I know that traditional rules say a paragraph should contain more than one sentence, but take a look at modern novels. Most writers now write for the greatest effect with writing that is less stilted and has more impact - and if that means ignoring rules which have become less fashionable then I say go for it!
     
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    first, it's 'axiom'... no 'u'...

    as for ending a paragraph with one, why wouldn't it be ok?... you can end a paragraph with whatever works best...

    but what you've used as an example is not an axiom, as far as i know...
     
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    Nope. Not an axiom.

    The most famous sci- fi axiom I can think of is Spock's, "The needs of the many outweigh
    the needs of the few or the one."
     
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    Right. An axiom is a fundamental principle postulated as true without offering a proof. Axioms and definitions are foundations of a logic system. They are combined via logical operations into proofs.

    An axiom is therefore something accepted as self-evident. It would not be a conclusion drawn from an example or argument.
     
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    Good call at defining it, Cog. I was wondering what it was. There's a nooby for ya

    Is this considered, then, to be a way for the author to try and get a point across without the audience reading between the lines? Like a moral or lesson-ish type of thing? And can't it be used wrong when considering POV?

    If my understanding of it is completely off let me know...
    thanks

    Reminds me of a necessary truth, too
     
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    I have my words mixed up. What's the word for personal truth?
     
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    An epiphany?
     
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    A sudden realization of... yep, that's it, that's what I thinking. Perfect.
     
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    i wouldn't advise being that blatant... and anything can be used wrongly, if not written well and/or not appropriate to the pov...
     

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