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Pardon Me, But Your Participle Is Dangling
By Helen Richards
According to the sixth edition of Understanding
English Grammar by Martha Kolln and Robert Funk, "the participle can
open the sentence only when its subject is also the subject of the sentence
and is located in regular subject position. Otherwise, the participle
dangles." Present participles are phrases that begin with the -ing
form of the verb such as having finished work early, leaving the job
for someone else, or taking the time to proofread. The participle
acts as a verb and needs a subject to attach itself to. The problem is that if
the participle is not attached to its subject, the sentence takes on another
meaning. Take the sentence below for example:
Me, Myself, and I
By Mamie Webb Hixon
When you don't know whether to use I or me, don't use the reflexive pronoun myself. Myself is not a substitute pronoun for either I or me. Myself is a reflexive pronoun used as the object in a sentence when the word to which the pronoun refers is the subject of the sentence. The use of myself in these three sentences is correct.
As president of this company, I am giving myself a
The use of myself in the sentences below is incorrect:
The responsibilities will be divided between you and myself.
Follow these basic pronoun usage rules when deciding whether to use I and me:
Rule 1: Ignore the conjunction and the other noun or pronoun:
If you have any questions, contact the office assistant or myself.
IGNORE or the office assistant
Rule 2: Always use me, him, her, us, and them after between.
The responsibilities will be divided between you and me.
Although the pronouns I, me, and myself refer to the same person—the person speaking or writing—these pronouns are not interchangeable in a sentence.
Other reflexive pronouns are herself, himself, yourself, themselves, ourselves, andyourselves. Theyself, theirself, theirselves, and hisself are nonstandard.
If you are using a first-person
pronoun (I, me, we, us ) with a noun or another pronoun, mention
Contact the department chair or me. NOT Contact me or
the department chair.
The office manager and I are in a meeting. NOT I and
the office manager are in a meeting.
Contact the department chair or me. NOT Contact me or the department chair.
The office manager and I are in a meeting. NOT I and the office manager are in a meeting.
Subjunctive Verbs: Verbs with an Attitude!
By Betty Burleson, UWF Writing Lab Manager
Just as human expression and actions suggest the mood
(attitude) of the person, the form of the verb indicates the mood (attitude)
of the verb. That is, the verb form indicates the speaker's or writer's
attitude towards the idea expressed by the verb. Instead of telling what is or
what something is doing (the indicative mood—DocuCom provides excellent
printing services), the subjunctive mood speaks of possibilities, desires,
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