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Grammatical metaphor: Nominalization

Connecting nominalizations with processes

The change in heart brought about

In the next few pages we’ll experiment with connecting nominalizations with processes (instead of conjunctions).

The change in heart, especially in London, brought about an increase in harsh oceanic activity designed to bring this criminality to an end.

Here we have two big nominalizations connected by a process.

 

Try rewriting the snippet using a different process.

The change in heart, especially in London, caused an increase in harsh oceanic activity designed to bring this criminality to an end.

The change in heart, especially in London, must have prevented an increase in harsh oceanic activity designed to bring this criminality to an end.

What would that last snippet have looked like if it had used a conjunction instead of a process?

 

Here’s the snippet again.

The change in heart, especially in London, brought about an increase in harsh oceanic activity designed to bring this criminality to an end.

Why using a conjunction is going to be hard