Grandma\’s Tales

December 1, 2006

Grammar – 16 More on misplaced modifiers

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 9:32 pm

Here are five more sentences before I move on to the danglers (dangling modifiers). BTW, the following are called “outlaw sentences”, ha!

[1] The small book was on the shelf that Sheila had read.
[2] The teacher repeated the lessons for the students covered in class.
[3] American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the moon, watched by nearly a fifth of the world’s population.
[4] I was told that I had been awarded the scholarship by my teacher.
[5] He stared at the girl near the studio door wearing dark glasses.

Have a great time recasting them!

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9 Comments »

  1. Hi Geeta,

    I sent a fairly long response but I seem to have lost it. I will re-write the message on my English teacher the next time.

    Anyway, here is my attempt at the test.

    1] The small book that Sheila had read was on the shelf.

    [2] The teacher repeated the lessons covered in class for the students.

    [3] Watched by nearly a fifth of the world’s population, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the moon.

    [4] I was told by my teacher that I had been awarded the scholarship.

    [5] Wearing dark glasses, he stared at the girl near the studio door.

    Thanks,
    Subrat

    Comment by Subrat — December 2, 2006 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Subrat,
    Shall look forward to that long response. Now, the test results.Full marks!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 2, 2006 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  3. the small book that shiela had was on the shelf
    the teacher repeated the lessons covered in class for the students
    watched by nearly a fifth of the worlds population, american astronauts neil armstrong and edwin aldrin landed on the moon
    i was told by the teacher that i had been awarded the scholaship
    wearing dark glasses, he stared at the girl near the studio

    Comment by Varun Chablani — December 2, 2006 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Varun,
    In a bit of a hurry, weren’t you? (Words are missing.) Yet, I’m glad you took the quiz. And full marks!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 2, 2006 @ 9:38 pm | Reply

  5. [1] The small book that Sheila had read was on the shelf.
    [2] The teacher repeated the lessons covered in class for the students.
    [3] Watched by nearly a fifth of the world’s population, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin landed on the moon.
    [4] I was told by my teacher, that I had been awarded the scholarship.
    [5] He stared at the girl, wearing dark glasses, near the studio door.

    Comment by Rashmi — December 3, 2006 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  6. this blog has really taken off, hasnt it?

    Comment by nandhu — December 3, 2006 @ 5:20 am | Reply

  7. Hi Rashmi,
    I’m still wondering which one of you will choose this answer for question 2. “The teacher repeated for the students (not for anyone else)the lessons covered in class.” Gives it new meaning, doesn’t it?
    The last one is a gem! The others assumed the the man was wearing glasses. What if the sentence is: “He stared at the girl STANDING near the studio door wearing dark glasses?” Add theat word and your answer will be tops!

    Hi nandhu,
    Do you think so? What I do here is something I love to do – having conversations with people young and old. Better young because you guys always challenge my perspectives and that gives me an opportunity to learn.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 3, 2006 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  8. It’s a great blog. Love your posts.

    Comment by 3inone — December 3, 2006 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  9. Hi 3inone,
    Thanks for stopping by. Want to tell us which 3 are in which one? 🙂

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — December 3, 2006 @ 4:41 pm | Reply


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