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SNEAK PREVIEW: FIVE UNCOMMONLY SERIOUS MISTAKES June 25, 2008

Posted by universalstudies in Grammar Lifting.
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The following 5 mistakes are not among the 20 most common, but they receive strong negative responses when committed. In other words, we don’t make these mistakes very often, but when we do, we cause strong negative reactions. Once again, use this section as a self-test. If you don’t make these mistakes, forget them. If you do, take steps to get rid of them.




1. Objective Case Pronouns Used as Subjects


Bad Swing: Her guru and her agreed that we are what we think.

Direct Hit: Her guru and she agreed that we are what we think.


2. Double Negatives


Bad Swing: One hard lesson for many to learn is that worry won’t hardly change the future.

Direct Hit: One hard lesson for many to learn is that worry will hardly change the future.


3. Failure to Capitalize Proper Names


Bad Swing: roger von oech, the president of creative think, has conducted workshops on creativity for american express, apple computer, procter and gamble, and the Japanese management association.


Direct Hit: Roger von Oech, the president of Creative Think, has conducted workshops n creativity for American Express, Apple Computer, Procter and Gamble and the Japanese Management Association.


4. Faulty Parallelism


Bad Swing: A good manager requires the ability to lead, the capacity to learn, and delegating.

Direct Hit: A good manager requires the ability to lead, the capacity to learn, and the willingness to delegate.


5. Subjective-Case Pronouns Used as Objects


Bad Swing: The senator’s use of double negatives surprised my students and I.

Direct Hit: The senator’s use of negatives surprised my students and me.

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