Grammar: A Friendly Approach

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Mangling and dangling
participles
3.1 Why can't I use my own language? • 3.2 Questions about 'correct' English3.3 Standard English – do we need it?3.4 Participles present and past3.5 No dangling!3.6 Kim has seen the light, has written and has gone3.7 Comments on questions3.8 Conclusion: advice about participles
Why do you need to know about Standard English?
How does your use of participles say something about you?

Participles are bits of verbs. They cause some problems because they are used differently in different dialects.


3.1 Why can't I use my own language?

Kim: What's wrong with 'I've wrote' anyway? Everyone says that.

The students are finding it difficult to give each other constructive advice.
They don't know each other well enough yet to feel totally relaxed about teas-
ing, and criticism of what people say can sometimes be taken for 'sneering'
even when it's not meant that way. The argument later shows the problems.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Figures xi
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • 2: Bad Language 8
  • 3: Mangling and Dangling Participles 20
  • 4: Getting Tense with Verbs 28
  • 5: Active and Passive Voices 41
  • 6: What is the Subject? 48
  • 7: The Complete Sentence 55
  • 8: Relationships and Relatives 75
  • 9: How to Be Offensive with Punctuation 88
  • 10: Possessive Apostrophes and Missing Letters 103
  • 11: Checking the Checker 117
  • 12: Finale 126
  • Appendix 1: More Details on Parts of Speech 141
  • Appendix 2: More Details on Clauses 149
  • Appendix 3: Warning Signs 152
  • Bibliography 154
  • Index 156
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