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Correct: When they enter the building, they should turn left and go up the stairs. Wrong: If a person studies regularly, they should have no difficulty passing the class. E. Shift from direct to indirect discourse Wrong: My mother asked was I ever going to get a job. Correct: My mother asked whether I was ever going to get a job. F. Shift from adjective to noun Wrong: He was clear, concise , and an interesting speaker. Correct: The speaker was clear, concise, and interesting. G. Shift from noun to clause Wrong: A good waiter must have sharp eyes , a quick mind, and his sense of balance must be exceptional . Correct: A good waiter must have sharp eyes, a quick mind, and an exceptional sense of balance. H. Shift from gerund phrase to clause Wrong: Using the walkways is easier than when you walk across the campus. Correct: Using the walkways is easier than walking across the campus. I. Shift from infinitive phrase to clause Wrong: He told her to fill out the form and that she should leave it in the office. Correct: He told her to fill out the form and leave it in the office. II. Mixed Constructions Definition : A sentence is of mixed construction if it begins with one grammatical pattern and then abruptly shifts to another.
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Wrong: Because she studies every day explains why she gets good grades. Mistake: The sentence begins with a dependent clause which should be followed by an independent clause; instead, the dependent clause is mistakenly used as a subject.
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  • Fall '19
  • Rhonda Anderson, Department of English, Mixed Constructions, Shifted Constructions

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