The curious case of the misplaced modifier

If anyone knows of a book that combines and nurtures both elements, please let me know! I immediately took notes and turned them into a PowerPoint list of reminders for students who are repeat offenders to the common writing errors discussed in the book. This book is great! Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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Really excellent for teaching people clearly, with examples, what's afflicting their writing and how to improve it.

There is an answer key in the back of the book but the author says that they are only suggestions and not to be considered the only right way. Good English writing would exhort us not to nominalize, but instead specify who is what and who di This book will help somebody like me so that I can think English when I am doing English writing and not to fall into the trap of Arabic thought patterns. Okay, I realize that might not be for everybody, but this was a pleasant surprise for me.

Trenga not only sold me, but will make a few well-deserved dollars when we buy copies for our students. Each case of weak writing feels like a Sherlock Holmes mystery so that it stays entertaining throughout what could otherwise be dry material. What could be more clever than packing weak sentence exercises into mock-Sherlock Holmes-type mysteries? Feb 12, Jing rated it liked it Recommends it for: Although the content of the book should allow a largely self taught author to feel satisfied with one's investment, of both time and money, but the most enjoyable part of the book remains the presentation of content.

The king was happy. Mar 08, Kurukka rated it it was amazing Shelves: But the truth is that while good writing may be technically correct, it's also strong, concise, and specific.

That it was short and to the point was the main reason I continued reading. Apr 08, Adam rated it it was ok. Ccurious people think that good grammar leads to good writing.

May 10, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: An excellent tool for writers, teachers, and editors. In her introduction she says that as a professional book editor she keep encountering cae same errors and problems over and over again and decided to write this book in response. It's written in a very laid-back style with engaging explanations and examples.

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier

I wish this book had been longer with better examples. It is a book of guidance rather than a sterile grammar primer.

The author states that many writers use weak sentence structure and could benefit from her seven guidelines on how to write effective prose. It definitely offers a welcome respite from the g Update August 7, She advises against using passive off to the point of being vague. What remains after all this editing is a bunch of loosely coupled sentences. The major downside of leaving a review for this book is that I have to second-guess myself.

Books by Bonnie Trenga. Miisplaced advice is clear and moderately interesting to read.

Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How to Solve the Mysteries of Weak Writing

Whosesoever taste, the author or the publisher, in presentation and layout it reflects, the book, teh its brilliant formatting, makes the whole process of knowledge acquisition an extremely enjoyable activity.

Oct 24, Lucy Seton-watson rated it it was amazing. Jul 18, Ryan Dejonghe rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There is curiosu answer key This book covers one of the most basic tools in learning how to write readable fiction; active voice.

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier (April 11, edition) | Open Library

What remains after all this editing is a bunch of l I was expecting this book to be better written. Trenga uses detective stories throughout this book to illustrate common mistakes people make that weakens their writing. Bonham rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is useful modifeir enjoyable.

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