Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How to Solve the Mysteries of Weak Writing

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 11, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 160 pages
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Most people think that good grammar leads to good writing. But the truth is that while good writing may be technically correct, it's also strong, concise, and specific.

This guide identifies the seven writing weaknesses that editors everywhere must fix again and again; in fact, almost all of an editor's corrections on any piece of writing will come from the material covered in this book's lessons. In an engaging solve-the-mystery format, you'll solve these cases:

  • The Tantalizing Tale of Passive Voice
  • The Peculiar Puzzle of the Vague -ing Word
  • The Confusing Caper Concerning the Super-Long Sentence
You don't have to wade through hundreds of pages of dry grammar references to improve your writing. Rather than memorize the picky details that very few people care about, learn what really leads to good writing in this easy-to-use and friendly book.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Tantalizing Tale of Passive Voice
8
The Illuminating Investigation Into the Nasty Nominalization
18
The Peculiar Puzzle of the Vague ing Word
28
The Delicious Drama of the Weak Verb
38
The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier
46
The Confusing Caper Concerning the SuperLong Sentence
60
The StretchedOut Story of the Wordy Writing
72
The Top Ten Writing Misdemeanors
89
Answer Key
110
Glossary
124
Weak Writing Rap Sheet
132
Index
142
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