February 8, 2016
DanglersTOPICS: ADJECTIVES, COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, PREPOSITIONS, SENTENCE WRITING
Sure, dangling participles and the like are fun to talk about. But if you want to understand the mechanics of a problem sentence like "I photographed an elephant in my pajamas," they're actually useful to understand. Here's what you need to know.
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Grammar Is Going Down the Tubes ... Right?Posted by June on February 8, 2016
In celebration of the one jillionth time a reader of my column told me that the language is going to hell in a handbasket, I published a column on the subject. I cited a number of heavy-hitting educators who agreed with my correspondent. The twist? They're all dead. Long dead.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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