By Dianna Booher
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People communicate diverse languages, and continuously have. the traditional Greeks took no become aware of of whatever except it was once acknowledged in Greek; the Romans made each person communicate Latin; and in India, humans discovered their neighbors' languages—as did many traditional Europeans in occasions earlier (Christopher Columbus knew Italian, Portuguese, and Castilian Spanish in addition to the classical languages). yet this day, all of us use translation to deal with the variety of languages. with no translation there will be no global information, now not a lot of a interpreting checklist in any topic in school, no fix manuals for vehicles or planes; we wouldn't also be capable of prepare flat-pack furniture.
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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.