Please help me construct the correct sentence?

should I say: In the manner of a;

I decided to wake-up at this moment and begin to end its existence in the manner of a true permanent death, denying it the rest of its life.

Or should it be: In the manner of;

I decided to wake-up at this moment and begin to end its existence in the manner of true permanent death, denying it the rest of its life.

True permanent death is a specific action and not among many actions possible i.e. there is only one way to kill someone/something.

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    The adverbial phrase in the manner of is a somewhat dated "literary / poetic" usage, but it doesn't really work in your context anyway. The basic form to [verb] in the manner of Y normally means to imitate Y (to carry out the action indicated by [verb] in the same way that Y would do it). I must admit I'm not clear exactly what your example text is supposed to mean (it seems to be a rather obscure/bizarre context), but I suggest you discard all that inappropriate verbiage and replace it with plain by or with, for example. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '18 at 12:17
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    Note that the phrasal verb wake up (= intransitive to awaken and transitive to wake [someone else]) is always written as two words. The hyphenated form only occurs as an adjectival usage. For example, a hotel might give you a "literal" wake-up call in the morning, and this particular form is often used metaphorically in political / social contexts. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '18 at 12:29
  • @FumbleFingers: Thank you for mentioning the correct use of wake up. I agree the context of my sentence is very abstract, that's why I need help. – Guygar Apr 21 '18 at 14:06
  • @Guygar what is "it" in this sentence? What are you killing? I suspect there is a better metaphor available in English, but I need more information. – Andrew Apr 21 '18 at 14:47
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    In the manner of means: in the style of, often written as; à la x, in English. I don't understand how one can end the existence of some thing in the manner of some other thing except in a very specific context such as: "He ended the fly's existence in the manner of the execution of Louis the 16th". – – Lambie Apr 21 '18 at 16:23

Your sentence is confusing because you use the neutral pronoun "it", which in English is used to describe things. Unless you're talking about some kind of living being (like an animal or plant), things don't have a life to end. We can talk metaphorically about ending the life of something like a rock, but without the proper context it can sound bizarre.

Assuming the proper context where you explain the "life" of this inanimate it, then "in the manner of (a) permanent death" makes a kind of sense with or without the "a". Still, "permanent death" is a meaningless phrase. When is death not permanent? And how is action that works in the manner of ending something's existence any different from simply ending its existence?

My point is that I suspect you're trying to force a direct translation from your native language into English, but the words you choose do not carry the same meaning or nuance. As FumbleFingers says in his comment, acting "in the manner of" something means to imitate that thing -- but if you end something's existence then there is no imitation about it. It's either dead or not dead. There is no in-between (except perhaps in metaphysics, but that's a different topic).

I hope you can appreciate our confusion. Nevertheless, as an attempt to answer your question:

When talking about "completely ending something's existence" it would be better (or at least more elegant) to use available vocabulary that leaves no doubt in the reader's mind what you mean:

  • annihilate
  • obliterate

and possibly (depending on context):

  • destroy
  • eliminate
  • eradicate
  • liquidate
  • extinguish
  • extirpate
  • exterminate
  • wipe out

and others. English has a great many words that refer to getting rid of things.

Much depends on what "it" is in your example sentence. You can annihilate a particle of matter, you can eliminate a pestilent bacterium, you can liquidate an asset, you can obliterate any reference to a historical event, and so on.

Suppose you are writing a philosophical/religious tract, and in this case "it" is the egotistical attachment to the material world, which various beliefs say is the root of existential suffering. You might then want to say that you woke up one day with the desire to eradicate this attachment -- which is to say, to completely remove it from its place in your psyche. Other possible verbs: expunge, purge, expurgate, extirpate, expel, purify, eliminate, and various others.

Or suppose you are talking about the paranormal, and the thing you want to end the existence of is a ghost that has been haunting your house. In this case English has the wonderfully specific verb exorcise, which means "to drive out an evil spirit".

Anyway, these are just some random examples that (more or less) fit your context. If you want to provide more specifics, I could probably write a more useful answer.

  • Thank you for your contribution in the matter. The paper is indeed an essay based on metaphysical issues and that's why I am having some problems expressing myself. Sorry for the ambiguity. The use of "manner" in this case is completely wrong. I have restructured the sentence now and I believe it works. – Guygar Apr 23 '18 at 10:36

Both of them work, however, I believe that "in the matter of a" sounds much better and puts better emphasise on the "true permanent death"

Adding the a implies that it is a true permanent death, whereas without it, the sentence structure is the same as sentence used to compare to the death, rather than being one

  • I am not sure why this is downvoted. An explanation would help. – Guygar Apr 21 '18 at 14:30
  • It was my downvote, on the grounds that in the manner of and in the matter of have no real semantic connection. Just because OP is being so doggedly vague about exactly what he's trying to say doesn't justify proposing an alternative based purely on the fact of changing a letter or two. – FumbleFingers Apr 21 '18 at 17:05
  • @FumbleFingers: Thank you. Your tips really helped a lot. – Guygar Apr 21 '18 at 17:29

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