Session 6 (Answer Key) - English for Academic Studies...

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English for Academic Studies (Workshop) Session 6: Dangling Modifiers Semester 1, 2011/12 ©PolyU HKCC 1 Session 6: Dangling Modifiers Part A: Diagnostic Test Identify and underline the dangling modifiers in the following passage. Then, revise these sentences to eliminate errors of dangling modifiers in the space between the lines. Home Alone (1) Every day, thousands of children in Hong Kong come home after school to an empty apartment. (2) Thinking that it is safe to leave children at home alone, many children are left at home alone while their parents go to work. (3) In fact, if left on their own, children can get hurt easily. Children are always full of energy. (4) If left unsupervised, their boredom may make them try every means to have fun. Part B: Grammatical Sentences - Review Combining Sentences for Sentence Variety: Beginning with an Opening Phrase Varying the kinds of sentences you write can make your essay more interesting and effective. One method you may use to improve sentence variety is to open your sentences with introductory phrases, e.g. -ed words (past participle phrases), -ing words (present participle phrases), prepositional phrases, “to” word groups (infinitives), etc. Opening sentences with –ed words (Past Participle Phrases) Example: Sentence 1: Mike was awarded the Outstanding Postgraduate Student Award. Sentence 2: He thanked his supervisor for his continuous support. Awarded the Outstanding Research Student Award, Mike thanked his supervisor for his continuous support. Opening sentences with –ing words (Present Participle Phrases) Example: Sentence 1: Katie had put extra efforts and time in her study this semester.
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English for Academic Studies (Workshop) Session 6: Dangling Modifiers Semester 1, 2011/12 ©PolyU HKCC 2 Sentence 2: She received straight As in all subjects. Having put extra efforts and time in her study this semester, Katie received straight As in all subjects. Opening sentences with prepositional phrases Example: Sentence 1: We were in the discussion room. Sentence 2:
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