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Unformatted text preview: h. Elizabeth is resembled by Charles. Resembled does not occur in passive phrases. It could read, Elizabeth resembles Charles or visa versa. k. It is eager to love a kitten. The pronoun, it has no reference to any noun. Thus, there is no subject for the adjective, eager to modify making the sentence, ungrammatical. 9. Distinguishing Prescriptive Grammar and Descriptive Grammar The Rule: Do not use unnecessary amounts of prepositions in a sentence. Prescriptively, we have a tendency not to use this rule because of how right it sounds, but it is technically ungrammatical (descriptive). It is ungrammatical because the necessary or appropriate amount of prepositions clearly convey the idea in the sentence, and adding more may force the idea to become unclear....
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