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Friday, September 26, 2008

Criminal Sentence 99: According to

An interesting misplaced modifier from an article I recently edited:

"The composition of the U.S. Supreme Court is arguably one of the most important reasons to vote according to Paul Smith, a professor of law."

The phrase in question is "according to Paul Smith, a professor of law." The whole statement is according to this man, but it sounds like the writer is suggesting we vote according to Paul Smith. A comma before the "according" phrase would fix this error, or you could move the phrase to the beginning of the sentence:

"According to Paul Smith, a professor of law, the composition of the U.S. Supreme Court is arguably one of the most important reasons to vote."

2 comments:

Kathryn Magendie said...

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Mahashakti Dasi said...

Bookmark it as well, but an RSS feed is much cooler. It sits like a menu on your browser and you can check the posts at any time. About six RSS feeds sit comfortably across, below the address area.