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In them consists the art of well speaking.       §2. The Words, whereby it signifies what connection it gives to
the several Affirmations and Negations, that it unites in one con-
tinued Reasoning or Narration, are generally call’d Particles: and
’tis in the right use of these, that more particularly consists the
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clearness and beauty of a good Stile. To think well, it is not enough,
that a Man has Ideas clear and distinct in his Thoughts, nor that he
observes the agreement, or disagreement of some of them; but he
must think in train, and observe the dependence of his Thoughts
and Reasonings, one upon another: And to express well such
methodical and rational Thoughts, he must have words to shew
what Connexion, Restriction, Distinction, Opposition, Emphasis, etc. he
gives to each respective part of his Discourse. To mistake in any of
these, is to puzzle, instead of informing, his Hearer: and therefore it
is, that those words, which are not truly, by themselves, the names
of any Ideas, are of such constant and indispensible use in Language,
and do so much contribute to Men’s well expressing themselves.
Locke Hum III, 7, §2, pp. 471-472