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Grammatical structure of action quotes

Grammatical structure of action quotes

Grammatical structure of action quotes

In the realms of rhetoric and politic, the pen is mightier than the sword. In the world of cinematic action, the one-liner is deadlier than the semi-automatic.

Such logic is expounded in Pop Chart Lab's latest Diagrammatical Dissertation, which follows the pattern of their brilliant breaking down of opening lines of literature, with a dissection of the most curt retorts of action films into their key grammatical components.

Each quote has transposed into a 'correct' English equivalent, before being colour coded to reveal the powers of poetic structure: the power of modal verbs, the genearl lack of participles, the ever present subject noun. Soon you to will be delivering the perfect put-down, having blown the room away with your sawn off (we're speaking figuratively).

Head over to Pop Chart Lab to pick up a print. Here are some of our favourites, followed by the full poster which contains the colour key.

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