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Posted by on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 8:40am.

Dangling Modifiers and Predictions:
Rewrite the following sentences, focusing on the grammar area.
If the sentence is already correct, write No Change.

Dangling Modifiers
Question: Flying over the oak tree, the farmer saw the flock of birds that had damaged his crops.
My answer: The farmer saw the flock of birds that had damaged his crops as they flew over the oak tree.

Dangling Modifiers
Question: Ironing out all wrinkles, the pants looked much more presentable.
My answer: The pants looked much more presentable after ironing out all the wrinkles.

Dangling Modifiers
Question: The police chief posted the mandate against hubcap theft on Monday afternoon.
My answer: On Monday afternoon, the police chief posted the mandate against hubcap theft.

Dangling Modifiers
Question: Until the beef has been rubbed with garlic oil, do not put it into the skillet.
My answer: No change

Dangling Modifiers
Question: He found his glasses crawling under the couch.
My answer: By crawling under the couch, he found his classes.

Predications
Question: Our resolutions should begin at midnight on January 1.
My answer: Out resolutions should begin on January 1 at midnight.

Predications
Question: The reason for the cat’s illness is because she was allergic to the dog.
My answer: No change

Predications
Question: A book that has an exciting introduction and a surprising ending would be the best story for me to read.
My answer: A book with an exciting introduction and a surprising ending would be the best story for me to read.

Predications
Question: The driving exam is when one is tested on the rules of the road.
My answer: The driving exam is a test on the rules of the road.

Predications
Question: The Homeowners’ Association rules were created to ensure that the neighborhood looked nice.
My answer: No change

  • English - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 8:56am

    Dangling Modifiers
    Question: Flying over the oak tree, the farmer saw the flock of birds that had damaged his crops.
    My answer: The farmer saw the flock of birds that had damaged his crops as they flew over the oak tree.
    correct

    Dangling Modifiers
    Question: Ironing out all wrinkles, the pants looked much more presentable.
    My answer: The pants looked much more presentable after ironing out all the wrinkles.
    correct

    Dangling Modifiers
    Question: The police chief posted the mandate against hubcap theft on Monday afternoon.
    My answer: On Monday afternoon, the police chief posted the mandate against hubcap theft.
    correct

    Dangling Modifiers
    Question: Until the beef has been rubbed with garlic oil, do not put it into the skillet.
    My answer: No change
    correct

    Dangling Modifiers
    Question: He found his glasses crawling under the couch.
    My answer: By crawling under the couch, he found his classes.
    correct

    Predications
    Question: Our resolutions should begin at midnight on January 1.
    My answer: Out resolutions should begin on January 1 at midnight.
    Does that mean at the beginning of January 1 or at the end of January 1? It'd probably be better to say "...at 12:01 am on January 1" if that's what you mean.

    Predications
    Question: The reason for the cat’s illness is because she was allergic to the dog.
    My answer: No change
    The problem is the use of the word "because." You already have "the reason" in the sentence and now you need an introtuctory word for the clause AFTER the main (linking) verb that makes it a noun clause, not an adverbial clause. Change "because" to "that" and you'll be fine.

    Predications
    Question: A book that has an exciting introduction and a surprising ending would be the best story for me to read.
    My answer: A book with an exciting introduction and a surprising ending would be the best story for me to read.
    http://aristotle.tamu.edu/~rasmith/Courses/Ancient/predication.html
    Scroll down to the section on "Two Divisions of 'Things that are'..." to see if this sentence is properly balanced on both sides of the linking verb.

    Predications
    Question: The driving exam is when one is tested on the rules of the road.
    My answer: The driving exam is a test on the rules of the road.
    correct

    Predications
    Question: The Homeowners’ Association rules were created to ensure that the neighborhood looked nice.
    My answer: No change
    correct

  • English - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 1:47pm

    Dangling Modifiers
    Question: Ironing out all wrinkles, the pants looked much more presentable.
    My answer: The pants looked much more presentable after ironing out all the wrinkles.

    Those pants didn't iron itself. There has to be a person involved. Better would be - the pants looked much more presentable after I ironed out all the wrinkles.

  • English - , Monday, July 21, 2008 at 4:31pm

    Good catch, GuruBlue!

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