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Monday, November 28, 2011

When Grammar Elements Go Out Drinking

I love this! Maybe this will help you understand when your editor marks "comma splice" or "passive". Dangling modifiers are a particular pet peeve of mine.

From  http://edittorrent.blogspot.com/

Jenny sent this along from a FaceBook post by Jeff Blackmer--


A comma splice walks into a bar, it has a drink and then leaves.
A dangling modifier walks into a bar. After finishing a drink, the bartender asks it to leave.
A question mark walks into a bar?
Two quotation marks "walk into" a bar.
A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to drink.
The bar was walked into by the passive voice.
Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They drink. They leave.

3 comments:

Eileen Gormley said...

I love this. I'm going to recite it everytime someone says "But it doesn't matter how I write, people can understand, and that's all that counts."

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