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Davis So LIN 306 1/21/10 Homework Assignment 1 2. Recognition of ungrammatical sentences. a. “Robin forced the sheriff go.” The idea of sentence is not completed because the word, “force” requires an infinitive verb. The sentence could read, “Robin forced the sheriff to go. f. He came a large sum of money by. The word, “by” is placed awkwardly in the sentence. The verb, “came” in this given situation requires the word, “by” to be placed next to “came” to complete the idea. The sentence is not a prepositional phrase; therefore, the sentence could read, “He came by a large sum of money.” g. Did in a corner little Jack Horner sit? The sentence could read, “Did little Jack Horner sit in a corner?” If asking a question with a prepositional phrase, the phrase must be placed at the end.
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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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