What Is a Dangling Modifier? A dangling modifier is a modifier that has nothing to modify. Remember, modifiers describe a word or make its meaning more specific. A dangling modifier is an error caused by failing to use the word that the modifier is meant to be describing. Here is an example of a dangling modifier (shaded): Having read your letter, my cat will stay indoors until the ducklings fly off. In this example, the missing word is we. A correct version would be: Having read your letter, we will keep our cat indoors until the ducklings fly off.
45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Three Telling Quotes About ‘Very’ Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. ~Mark Twain‘Very’ is the most useless word in the English language and can always come out. More than useless, it is treacherous because it invariably weakens what it is intended to strengthen.
18 English words that mean very different things in Britain and America As the old adage famously goes: you say tom-MAY-toes, and I say tom-MAH-toes. We should probably call the whole thing off, right? Ever since the might of the British Empire was expelled from the United States, ordinary folk from both sides of the pond have chuckled at each other's use of the English language and pronunciation. Here are several important examples you need to remember - simply to make sure no one gives you a weird look when you're off on your holidays. 1. A jumper 45 Ways To Avoid Using The Word 'Very' A posthaven user upvoted this post. — habebaakiar 3 years ago — barcahaters 3 years ago — Jan Arzooman 3 years ago — Y.Babadogan 3 years ago A Wonderful Visual Outlining The 7 Steps of Good Storytelling One of the wonderful things about this learning space (I mean this blog) is that it is built collaboratively around a shared interest. This is what James Paul Gee called 'passionate affinity learning' . "Passionate-affinity learning occurs when people organize themselves in the real world and/or via the Internet (or a virtual world) to learn something connected to a shared endeavour, interest, or passion. The people have an affinity (attraction) to the shared endeavour, interest, or passion first and foremost and then to others because of their shared affinity ( P. 69 from "Language and Learning in The Digital Age ").
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Commonly Confused Words Part 3: Homophones From VOA Learning English, this is Everyday Grammar. This week, we are looking at more commonly confused words in the English language. Today’s subject is homophones. Homophones are two or more words that sound alike, but have different meanings or spellings. It is easy to understand the difference between some homophones. Vocabulary placement test - intermediate students Have you tried our vocabulary placement test for elementary students, and it was too easy for you? Have you scored close to 2000? Then this is the vocabulary test you should take. Here we test the words which belong between 2,000 and 5,000 most frequent words in English. ADVERT:
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