Linguistic Terminology

  1. Everyone with imperfect past should shy from using past perfect.
  2. If voice is the sound produced by the vocal organs of a vertebrate, especially a human being, how can a transitive verb be in either active or passive voice.
  3. Having endowed verbs with a voice, we should not be surprised they also possess a mood.
  4. The best way to locate squinting modifiers in a paper is to hold it close to a mirror and watch for commotion.
  5. Since to dangle means to hang loosely and swing or sway to and fro, a book lying quietly on a desk may be assumed not to contain instances of dangling modifiers.


  1. J.A.W.Heffernan and J.E.Lincoln, Writing. A College Handbook., 2nd ed., W.W.Norton & Co., NY, 1982
  2. The American Heritage Dictionary

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