Saturday, May 12, 2007

misplaced modifier fun

Ok, I know I haven't posted in almost two weeks. To compensate, I give you a sentence from a student paper, which I will now use to illustrate misplaced modifiers in class:
I don't think because someone is a different religion they go to hell like a lot of Christians

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sweet--that's a classic.

Thomas said...

AWE-som!!

jo(e) said...

Too funny.

pippy said...

Tee hee.

Mona Buonanotte said...

What misplaced modifier? That sentence makes PERFECT sense to me...!

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

Mona,

While the student obviously meant to say that many Christians are going to hell, the sentence could be read merely as saying that the student's beliefs are different from many Christians.

Mona Buonanotte said...

I obviously have to work on my 'snarky' and 'sarcastic'....

Rob Helpy-Chalk said...

I was trying make a joke, too, by reversing the intended and accidental meanings of the sentence.