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Whenever it is possible . ) I can cash this check immediately, if necessary. (... if it is necessary) PHRASES 43 Bill Buffinknocker rides a bus to work; Joe Athlete, a bicycle. (. . ) While editing my boss's letters, I feel devilish. (While / am editing my boss's letters . ) A hearty challenge, but is it a realistic one? (It is a hearty challenge . ) Overstatement is always more dangerous than understatement. (. . more dangerous than understatement is dangerous) We more frequently order our pencils from Petunia Office Supply than them.

Dangling Modifiers Be sure that a modifier correctly attaches to the word it describes. That is, does the modifier logically and clearly describe a specific, nearby word, phrase, or clause? " Incorrect: Correct: Incorrect: Correct: Incorrect: Correct: The rope was attached to the overhanging rock, hoping that it would hold the weight of the climber. (The rope hoped? ) We attached the rope to the overhanging rock, hoping that it would hold the weight of the climber. ) To be as careful about the situation as possible, Harry's report should include step-by-step procedures.

4. Regardless of the stupid ideas here, we thank you for your letter. 5. The committee and my three assistants have worked on the quarterly report diligently against false deadlines and despite other daily projects. 6. With experienced personnel, we can professionally examine all foodstuffs and, by minor 16 GOOD GRIEF, GOOD GRAMMAR repair, improve the surface imperfections before customers buy and eat them. 7. Downgrade the service and improperly install and identify each piece of equipment as we have previously authorized.

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