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Awkward Sentences— Mixed or Confused Construction. Complied by Terri Yueh. What’s wrong with the sentences?. The reason Mary snapped at Tom was because he kept forgetting their anniversary. A comma splice is when two sentences are joined by only a comma.

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what s wrong with the sentences
What’s wrong with the sentences?
  • The reason Mary snapped at Tom wasbecausehe kept forgetting their anniversary.
  • A comma splice is when two sentences are joined by only a comma.
  • Because Larry studies every day explains why he has a high grade-point average.
  • When children don’t take naps makes them cross.
  • By planning ahead is a good way to get into the college of your choice.
  • One example of his bad behavior is when he misses classfor no reason at all.
  • Original examples selected from Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers
what s wrong with the sentences1
What’s wrong with the sentences?
  • The reason Mary snapped at Tom was that he kept forgetting their anniversary.
  • A comma splice occurs when two sentences are joined by only a comma.
  • Larry’s studying every day explains why he has a high grade-point average.
  • When children don’t take naps, they get cross.
  • Planning ahead is a good way to get into the college of your choice.
  • One example of his bad behavior is his missing class for no reason at all.
  • Original examples from Prentice Hall Handbook for Writers
faulty predicates
Faulty predicates
  • To be

An important step in skiing is stopping.

  • An important step in skiing is learning to stop.
  • Is when & is where

A hasty generalization is when you jump to conclusion.

 To make a hasty generalization is to jump to conclusion.

  • A hasty generalization is you jump into conclusion.

Frostbite is where skin tissue has been frozen.

  • Frostbite appears where skin tissue has been frozen.
  • The reason is because

The reason he went to Los Angeles was because he wanted to visit Mickey.

  • The reason he went to Los Angeles was that he wanted to visit Mickey.
  • He went to Los Angeles because he wanted to visit Mickey.
  • IF

If a student who takes not interest in his studies, he won’t be bale to do his lessons well.

  • If a student takes no interest in his studies, he won’t be able to do his lessons well.
mixed constructions
Mixed Constructions
  • With every effort the student made to explain his problem got him more confused.
  • With every effort the student made to explain his problem, he got more confused.
  • Every effort the student made to explain his problem got him more confused.
  • You may take any book that you think it is fit for you.
  • You may take any book that you think is fit for you.
  • That fact that Mary was a good sectary she had many offers for promotion.
  • That fact that Mary was a good sectary resulted in her having many offers for promotion.
  • Because Mary was a good sectary, she had many offers for promotion.
  • Mary stayed at a mountain resort, and most of her time was spent skiing.
  • Mary stayed at a mountain resort and spent most of her time skiing.
exercise
Exercise
  • Anxiety is when one is uneasy or distressed about future uncertainties.
  • Mary’s salad is delicious because by using her grandmother’s recipe is how she learned to make it.
  • If we have another 10 inches of rain this spring, that we will no longer have a rainfall deficit.
  • Because he had been wasting his money and forgetting to make regular bank deposits was the reason why John couldn’t keep up his house loan.
  • Yesterday I drove to Kaoshung, which, driving at the legal speed limit, I reached there by dark.
answers
Answers
  • Anxiety is a state of uneasiness or distress about future uncertainties.
  • Mary’s salad is delicious because she learned to make it from her grandmother’s recipe.
  • If we have another 10 inches of rain this spring, we will no longer have a rainfall deficit.
  • Because he had been wasting his money and forgetting to make regular bank deposits, John couldn’t keep up his house loan.
  • Yesterday I drove to Kaoshung at the legal speed limit, so I reached there by dark.

Yesterday I drove to Kaoshung at the legal speed limit, reaching there by dark.