MR-Sentence-Correction-Guide

And tested topics 231 misplaced modiers and dangling

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Unformatted text preview: s-filled as close as possible to wound. To wit: Enrico nursed his disgusting and pus-filled festering wound. Signals • An introductory phrase is a common signal of a Misplaced Modifier. • Any modifying phrase which is not close to what it modifies may also indicate this error. Another example Career switchers often schedule interviews with high-level managers, believing that the insight of professionals will help narrow down the many choices of careers available to graduating MBAs. (A) Career switchers often schedule interviews with high-level managers, believing that the insight of professionals will help narrow down the many choices of careers available to graduating MBAs (B) Career switchers, believing that the insight of professionals will help narrow down the many choices of careers available to graduating MBAs, often schedule interviews with high-level managers (C) Career switchers believing that scheduling interviews with the insight of high-level professional managers will help narrow down the many choices of careers available to graduating MBAs (D) Career switchers, believing that interviews with high-level managers whose insight will help narrow down the many choices of careers available to graduating MBAs, often schedule them (E) Career switchers often schedule interviews to narrow down the many choices of careers available to graduating MBAs, believing that the insight of professionals with high-level managers will help them www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction 2.3.2 39 Agreement (Concord) A very common Sentence Correction error centers on the agreement between the subject of a sentence and the verb. The subject and verb must agree in number, that is, a plural verb must have a plural subject and a singular verb must have a singular subject. This is particularly important with of constructions: A flock of birds, flying south for the winter, was above us. Another example: My group of fourth graders are so well behaved. The singular subject group demands the singular verb is. Thus the corrected sentence should read: My group of fourth graders is so well behaved. If the verb is inverted, care must be taken to find the subject: I journeyed to the graveyard where once stood my father’s tomb. Agreement is based on formal grammar, and plurals do not depend on meaning but on the grammatical relationships between words. Two single subjects joined by and take a plural verb, but an addition in parentheses, such as as well as, not to mention, takes a singular verb. Signals • Collective nouns such as team, audience, staff, family, public or committee are singular. • An intervening phrase which separates the noun from the verb is used to confuse the unwary test-taker. • A sentence structure with the verb before the subject may indicate an Agreement error. • A conjunction such as and; either/or; neither/nor, can be used as a trap. www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 20...
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