In a syntactic construction of the diazeugma, a noun is modified by multiple subsequent verbs without the nounOpens in new window being repeated, for example:
“Ruth woke up, leapt out of bed and got dressed”.
Without diazeugma, the sentence would read:
“Ruthwoke up, Ruthleapt out of bed and Ruth got dressed”.
Observe also the following:
[The book as subject ] The book reveals the extent of counterintelligence operations, discusses the options for improving security, and argues for an increase in human intelligence measures.
[Andy as subject ] Andy followed his victim to the vicinity of the pool; there shot his horse with a pistol; dispatched the rider with its butt end; possessed himself of the pocket-book; and, supposing the horse dead, dragged it with great labour to the brambles by the pond.
[Captain Jim as subject ] Captain Jim picked up the typewriter, tied the rope around it, and threw it overboard to anchor his boat.
[We as subject ] We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”