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Modifiers Gone Mad
Verbs and Their Vagaries
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acceptable adjective adverb Ambrose Bierce American appears applied appositive Asian flu avoid better British preference by-lines called choice cited clause cliche clumsy colloquial comma confused considered construction correct course critics Dictionary distinction editor element ellipsis English euphemism example expression fact favor figures Fowler gerund grammar H. L. Mencken hyphen idea idiom infinitive instances journalese language look matter means misuse modifiers newspaper newswriting nonrestrictive noun object objectionable officer omitted Oxford English Dictionary participle past tense perhaps person phrasal verbs phrases plural practice preference in spelling preposition pronoun prose purists question quotation marks reader reason Redundant Renata Tebaldi reported Rudolf Flesch rule seems sense sentence skid skid road skid row sometimes sound speak split infinitive story style manuals stylebook superstition technical term thing tion usage usually variant verb Webster wife woman word writer wrong