(Misplaced modifier: put modifiers as close as possible to the words they modify.) Related Issues:


Avoid that dangling modifier!

Examples:

While building the playhouse, the saw broke.
I saw the man by the store wearing the black suit.

Dangling Modifiers (Purdue OWL)
Misplaced Modifiers (Darling On-Line Guide)
Keep related words together. (Strunk and White)


Modifer Placement (Darling et al)
Modifier Placement II (Darling et al)

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(Sentence Fragment.) Related Issues:

Avoid sentence fragments! A sentence fragment may have both a subject and a verb, but it must express a complete idea to be a complete sentence.

Example:

When I went to the market.

This clause contains both a subject and a verb, but it does not express a complete idea. (It is a adverb clause.)

Sentence Fragments (Darling et al)
Sentence Fragments (Purdue)


Sentence Fragment Exercise 1 (Purdue)
Sentence Fragment Exercise 2 (Purdue)
Sentence Fragment Exercise 3 (Purdue)
Repairing Sentence Fragments (Darling et al)
Fragments and Run-On Sentences (Darling et al)
Fragments & Types of Sentences (Darling et al)

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(Express parallel ideas in the same grammatical form.) Related Issues:

 

When you revise, take the time to make your sentences clear and elegant. Use parallel forms for parallel ideas.  

Example:

My room is painted orange with blue curtains while Jeremy's curtains are red and his room is painted white.

I told the maid to clean my room, that the dishes needed to be washed, and made sure she took out the trash.  

Biblical Passages in Parallel (Darling et al)
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (Darling et al)

Express Coordinate Ideas in Similar Form. (Strunk and White)
Parallelism (Darling et al)
Parallelism (Purdue)


Parallel Structures (Darling et al) 
Parallel Structures 2 (Darling et al) 

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