Squinty Squinting Modifiers
On my last 2 posts, I showed how messy my Grammar is by Grammarly’s standards. These are mistakes that the basic word program missed or it is not able to identify. There are days when I wish I had a magic book editing Genie to magically make the book perfect. Since wishes are a fantasy, I’ll have to do the work myself.
The example from my book is from the rough draft of Prophecy Ink. Before I did my readthrough to correct the worst and most obvious. I’m using these examples because they were there and it’s how we learn.
Contextual Spelling: 349
Punctuation: 999+ (Um that’s embarrassing)
Sentence Structure: 19
Vocabulary Enhancement: 267
Here are some common sentence structure problems found. If you missed a previous post you can click on the crossed out links here.
Incorrect word order .
Missing Verb .
Incorrect Adverb Placement
Missing _____ in emphatic sentence
Something that came up a time or two was Squinting Modifier. What is that?
Squinting modifiers are also called Ambiguous modifiers(Fist example not from my book)
The modifier is ‘quickly’. Am I eating ice cream quickly or is it quickly giving me a headache? It’s not clear. The Modifier is misplaced. To fix this I need to reposition it to make it clear what is happening “quickly”
When I eat too much ice cream I quickly develop a stomachache.
Eating too much ice cream quickly always gives me a stomachache.
It doesn’t matter how it’s fixed or rewritten as long as it is made clear if it’s a headache or the action of eating ice cream that happens quickly.
Now in my book, I had this one.
Okay, so to begin with that’s just a horrible sentence. Filter words abound and it drags on. here is the fix:
“Oh lovely, you’re awake dear.” The nurse’s kind tone broke my heart.
Squinting modifiers are often hard to catch as the writer. I missed this blaring one. I ended up rewriting the entire paragraph to make it flow better. This was just one of many errors in the paragraph.
My advice about Squinting Modifiers:
I hate squinting at squinting modifiers. Most of them were easily fixed by punctuation or a simple sentence rewrite. Take the time to have someone review your work or use a program that can identify them for you. FYI the basic word program I used did not catch any of them.
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