A way with words. : III understanding grammar for powerful by Michael D C Drout; Recorded Books, Inc

By Michael D C Drout; Recorded Books, Inc

Professor Drout maintains to discover humanity's intimate organization with language with language, the following delving into the finer issues of grammar. The intricacies of grammar, actually, shouldn't be relegated to the area of fussy "guardians of the language," yet are really crucial clues all can hire to speak extra precisely. In any such gentle, this cours types a useful consultant for everybody from all fields of Read more...

summary: Professor Drout keeps to discover humanity's intimate organization with language with language, right here delving into the finer issues of grammar. The intricacies of grammar, in reality, shouldn't be relegated to the world of fussy "guardians of the language," yet are really crucial clues all can hire to speak extra precisely. In this sort of gentle, this cours varieties a useful advisor for everybody from all fields of curiosity

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But what exactly does that mean? Let me take you back to my seventh grade class and my humiliating experience with a dangling participle. I wrote this sentence in a story: My teacher read that sentence out loud and asked if there were any problems with it. No one said anything. Then he stood up, went to the chalkboard, and drew a picture of a little garbage can with legs. com Running down the alleyway, the garbage can tripped her. qxp:UT123_Way with Words III Bklt 5/7/08 8:44 AM So why was that participle “dangling”?

The participle dangles because it is not closely attached to the noun that it is supposed to modify. And that happens because a participle is not a true adjective, so that it does not automatically go where adjectives normally go. Instead, the participial phrase floats around the sentence and sometimes ends up in the wrong spot. Now for a while I just tried to avoid ever starting a sentence with an “-ing” form of a word, which is a quick and mindless way to avoid dangling participles. But a better approach is to recognize them for what they are and then make sure you put the participial phrases next to the nouns they modify.

We use the strong verb past participle because the strong verbs do not have a dental preterite form to use, and we need something to put there, so we grab a piece of the old strong verb system (when it is still available) and then use it. This sets us up for explaining our “had saw” problem from before, but first we need to talk about the one thing that everybody knows about participles—even people who don’t know what a participle is know this about participles: Participles are not supposed to dangle.

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