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1

What's wrong with the following?
On the way to graduation, a cop pulled us over.

On the way to graduation-is a dangling modifier. The sentence implies that the cop was on his way to graduation.

2

Fix the following dangling modifiers:
On the day he was born, visitors came from all around to see the shockingly large baby.

On the day the shockingly large baby was born, people came from all around to see him.

3

What is wrong with the following sentence?
The diner only serves coffee in the morning.

The meaning is ambiguous because of the placement of the limiting modifier. It is not clear whether the diner serves only coffee in the morning, or whether it serves coffee only in the morning.

4

Why is the following sentence ambiguous?
He nearly pitched four hit less innings.

This is ambiguous because -nearly- is a squinting modifier. We're not sure whether the pitcher nearly pitched four hit-less innings, or whether he pitched four nearly hit-less innings.

5

Fix the following squinting modifier.
If the music is playing quickly grab a seat.

One acceptable fix; If the music is playing, grab a seat quickly.

6

Fix the following run on sentence:
The cat hissed the mice ran.

One possibility: The cat hissed, and the mice ran.

7

What is wrong with the following sentence?
Charlise asked the saleswoman what her size was.

This is an example of pronoun confusion. Is Charlise asking about her size or the saleswoman's size?

8

Fix the following pronoun confusion:
The manager told the hamburger chef that he was the right man for the job.

One acceptable fix; The manager told the hamburger chef that the hamburger chef was the right man for the job.

9

What is wrong with the following?
Sofia and Hanna are in trouble because she was caught cheating.

The pronoun -she- doesn't agree with its antecedent, -Sofia and Hanna-. If the antecedent is plural, the pronoun must be plural as well: They were cheating.

10

What is wrong with the following?
The city put up their holiday decorations in a very sloppy manner.

The pronoun does not agree with its antecedent. The antecedent is singular(city), but the pronoun is plural (their). The sentence should read: The city put up its holiday decorations in a very sloppy manner.

11

Fix the following split infinitive:
Josh tried to quickly write his essay before soccer practice.

Josh tried to write his essay quickly before soccer practice.

12

Fix the following split infinitive:
It is important to often practice the trumpet.

It is important to practice the trumpet often.

13

What common grammatical mistake is - - below?
Don -wants to only ride- his motorbike.

This is a split infinitive

14

What is one way of fixing the following run-on sentence:
Pedro pitched well he gave up only three hits.

One way: Pedro pitched well; he gave up only three hits.

15

What is wrong with the following sentence?
Cletis doesn't wear no shoes.

Double negative.

16

Find the split infinitive in the following:
We tried to repeatedly dance with the cute girls.

To repeatedly dance- is a split infinitive.

17

What's wrong with the following sentence?
Oscar first met the astronaut when he boarded the spaceship.

Pronoun confusion is the problem. It's not clear whether -he- refers to Oscar or the astronaut.

18

What is wrong with the following sentence:
Gerald told Ken that Ken would regret punching the wall.

Nothing. It's a little awkward to repeat Ken, but it's grammatically correct.

19

Does the following sentence contain a dangling modifier?
Walking towards the park, the thunder started to boom.

Yes. -Walking towards the park- Should not modify -the thunder-, since the thunder isn't walking toward the park.

20

What's wrong with the following sentence?
I can't hardly wait for the big game.

This sentence contains the double negative -can't hardly-.

21

Find the error in the following sentence:
In his dreams, he flies smooth and gracefully.

Smooth- should be -smoothly-, because it is an adverb that modifies -flies-.

22

Find the error in the following sentence:
The door shut loudly and startled the skittish cat.

This sentence does not contain an error.

23

Fix the dangling modifier:
Sunning myself, my mother's warnings about skin cancer went in one ear and out the other.

One possibility fix: Sunning myself, I let my mother's warnings about skin caner go in one ear and out the other.

24

What is wrong with the following sentence?
I can't hardly stand fish.

This is a double negative. Can't/Hardly- are both negative, so they can't be used together.

25

Is the following sentence a run-on?
There's a strange feeling in the air, and I don't like it.

No. The sentence has two independent clauses, but they are linked with a coordinating conjunction and a comma.

26

Is the following sentence a run-on?
There's no way we can unload all those bricks it will take us a week.

Yes

27

What's wrong with the following sentence?
I borrowed Max Pants.

Max- should be possessive (Max's)

28

Is this a fragment or a sentence?
Boys who like baseball.

It's a fragment.

29

What is wrong with the following sentence?
I enjoy eating mints, yelling at my roommate, and trashy daytime T.V.

The construction of this sentence isn't parallel.
The first two parts start with -ing words, but the third does not. To fix, and trashy daytime T.V. should be changed to watching trashy daytime T.V.

30

What is wrong with the following sentence?
In this competition, competitors must doggy-paddle across the lake, crawl up the hill, and then go dashing across the plain.

The construction is not parallel. Dashing across the plain-should be changed to -dash across the plain.