I am reading "The Elements of Style"; the sentence below confuse me much:
A common fault is to use as the subject of a passive construction a noun which expresses the entire action, leaving to the verb no function beyond that of completing the sentence.
If I wrote this sentence, I would compose it as:
A common fault is to use a noun which expresses the entire action as the subject of a passive construction, leaving ...
I don't know what is the most common rule to compose such sentence; the original one confuses me much that I have to read it several times to understand the meaning. I think the rule the original sentence uses is pretty valid in English as it comes from a book talking about writing.
Can someone help to explain the rule? And where can I find details/examples for that rule?.