One of the important aspects of understanding and using correctly the more advanced aspects of grammar is realizing that not all correct-use elements can be placed in precise categories. This lesson examines 10 miscellaneous “misfits” that, if used incorrectly, distract the reader and weaken the writer’s credibility.
- No one likes to be a misfit.…If you've ever watched Rudolf during the holiday season,…you may recall the Island of Misfit Toys.…Among the misfits are Charlie-In-The-Box,…a spotted elephant, and a boat that can't float.…Although misfits is not a technical grammatical term,…some elements just don't tie together logically,…no matter how hard we try.…We know something is just not quite right.…Something needs to be changed.…Just take the spots off the elephant…and it's no longer a misfit.…
We've already examined some errors in our misfits…such as the misplaced or dangling modifier…and verb tense shifts, but let's look at some more misfits…that don't fit neatly into one category.…One more way they are misfits.…Misfit one, the reason is because.…Think about those words.…Reason means the why or the cause, so that phrase…creates a redundancy.…In a sense, the subject become the predicate.…Misfit number two, two more phrases that can create…an illogical construction are is when and is where.…
When refers to a time element…
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- Identify irregular verbs and explain how to use them appropriately in all tenses.
- List the seven coordinating conjunctions.
- Recognize commonly misused and misunderstood words.
- Determine correct comma placement.
- Explain the difference between a colon and a semicolon.
- Name the four sentence structures.