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Homeschool Resources: Common Sentence Problems
Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Some of the most common sentence problems for young writers are misplaced and dangling modifiers, the correct use of parallelism, and faulty coordination.
A misplaced modifier is a modifier which is placed too far from the modified word. This makes the modifier appear to modify the wrong word or group of words. A dangling modifier seems to modify the wrong word or no words because the word that is supposed to be modified is missing from the sentence.
The following resources will help you learn more about misplaced and dangling modifiers.
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Watch the following video about misplaced and dangling modifiers.
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Parallelism means presenting equal ideas in words, phrases, or clauses of similar types. The following resources will help you understand parallelism in the English language.
Watch the following video about parallelism.
Faulty coordination happens when two or more independent clauses of unequal importance are joined by the word “and.” Faulty coordination may be corrected by placing unrelated ideas into separate sentences. Ideas which may be related but less important may be placed in subordinate clauses or phrases.
The following resources will help you understand faulty coordination.
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