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« on: January 11, 2018, 11:52:26 PM »

This final part of the series wraps up the Forum's 19-part discussions of the 10 most annoying types of English grammar errors, namely:

1. Footloose modifiers
2. Mangled idiomatic expressions
3. Operative verbs far removed from their subjects
4. Subject-verb disagreements
5. Intransitive verbs forced to act as transitives
6. Wrong pronoun usage
7. Misuse of participles
8. Misuse of prepositional phrases and prepositional idioms
9. Wrong use of basic verb-pairs such as “come” and “go” and “bring” and “take”
10. Fused sentences

Along the way, the series presented a bill of particulars for each of these grammar misuses, giving actual examples from news stories, feature articles, and print advertising that appeared in leading newspapers and magazines, the broadcast media, and on the web. It then dissected each type of grammar error and discussed the correct or prescribed grammar usage, a process that should enhance the reader’s ability to avoid or spot these errors in their own writing.


This series was based on the total of 20 columns that the author wrote for The Manila Times in the years 2007-2008, which were put together into a book that was published in May 2008 under the title The 10 Most Annoying English Grammar Errors. To give English users and learners ample practice in identifying and rooting out these types of errors in their own writing, several exercises were provided at the end of most chapters of that book.

Also, based on feedback from readers of the author's English-usage column in The Manila Times, some endnotes were provided in the book to discuss a number of still contentious grammar and usage aspect of English. Those discussions are meant to provide more light than heat to the controversy over those contentious issues.
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