Major Grammar Errors It is very important that you listen to the audio for this presentation as all of the examples are poor examples, and I want you to understand why they are wrong and how to fix them. Sound starts with next slide. • Errors with verbs – Faulty agreement Poor: The family often sing the praises of education. Poor: Everyone in both businesses think it a good idea. – Subjunctive [untrue if or wish] • Poor: If I was rich, I would travel the world. • Poor: Darla wishes she was an empress. Click speaker icon for sound • Errors with verbs – Tense Shift Poor: Luke doesn’t eat breakfast, so he felt 2 desserts will make up for it. – Split Infinitive • Not terribly worried about this – Double Negatives Poor: I didn’t not want to see Monica. – Passive Voice Poor: Many people have been instructed by medical personnel that vitamins have been proven to help fight certain cancers. • Errors with Nouns – Faulty Agreement Poor: Everyone in the class hates it when they get a bad grade. – Vague Reference Poor: When Dave saw Bill, he was kissing Sally. – Pronoun Shift Poor: I don’t like messy foods you eat with your fingers. – Incorrect Case Poor: Bill didn’t give the book to Sally or I. Poor: Mary likes fish better than me. • Errors with Adverbs and Adjectives – Incorrect Usage Poor: Although he lies good, I’m not convinced. – Faulty Comparison Poor: Mary is more lovely than Sharon. Poor: Of the two sisters, Donna is the most cruel. • Errors in Modifying Phrases – Dangling Modifiers Poor: Shutting the door quickly, the house rocked with the sudden bang. Poor: Lighting the Pipe, the smoke rose slowly to the ceiling. – Misplaced Modifiers Poor: Mary rode the pony in the pink skirt. Poor: The policeman chased the criminal in the squad car.