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« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2008, 04:13:31 AM »

Happy One Month Anniversary to Dominici forum. 
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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2008, 01:53:26 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: March 31, 2008, 01:56:00 PM »

So whats a "Dangling Participle" then?
Oh by the way, Happy Monthiversary EVERYONE!

PS. so if you were referring to "Cousin It" from the Adams family(or is it Adam's family) you would say "Its" or "It's"
Example:
It's is not coming to the party.
Or:
Its isn't it's own worst enemy but it isn't Its fault.It's just that its not its monthiversary so it's
understandable that it's its decision not to come to it.

English Nerd to the rescue! 

Basically, a dangling participle is when your verb with the -ing ending, doesn't agree with your subject (of the sentence that is).

I stole this example off a site for speedy posting:

"Rushing to finish the paper, Bob's printer broke."

Since the subject is is the printer, it obviously isn't the one doing the rushing, so the verb and the subject don't agree, creating your dangling participle. For those curious, the fixed sentence should be:

"While Bob was rushing to finish the paper, his printer broke."

Other English Trivia!:

I laugh everytime I hear this line in Star Trek, and its said EVERY time during the opening:

"To Boldly Go where no man has gone before"

Whoever can tell me what's wrong with that statement and why the writers of that sentence were obviously major's in the science field (and not English!) gets a cookie. . . metaphorically anyway.   
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« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2008, 02:04:53 PM »

Well, one glaring problem is that they never actually did end up going to "Boldly Go"... in fact, I don't think "Boldly Go" is even a real place!
Also, there should be a comma after "Go".
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« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2008, 02:12:50 PM »

Eh, not quite. I'll let a few others try before I just give the answer; its pretty simple to use google nowadays anyway  Tongue

Also, happy monthversary! 
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« Reply #30 on: March 31, 2008, 02:16:02 PM »

It's a split infinitive.  But I've never seen what's so horrible about split infinitives anyway.  When used for effect, they can sound pretty cool.  Kind of like the example above.
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« Reply #31 on: March 31, 2008, 02:16:49 PM »

actually, I guess it should be a colon, not a comma.
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« Reply #32 on: March 31, 2008, 02:24:37 PM »

It's a split infinitive.
That's what I was gonna say. It should be "to go boldly".
But that doesn't sound as cool.

"Those grammarians who still cared about this in the 1960s complained that 'to boldly go' should have been 'to go boldly'. The debate had been simmering on and off for the best part of a century.
As early as 1897, Academy magazine .suggested that an insistence that split infinitives were incorrect was somewhat pedantic:

"Are our critics aware that Byron is the father of their split infinitive? 'To slowly trace', says the noble poet, 'the forest's shady scene'.""


I'm no english major, but
its pretty simple to use google nowadays anyway  Tongue
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« Reply #33 on: March 31, 2008, 02:41:05 PM »

Yep, you guys got it, its a split infinitive! *cookies for all*

But yeah, there really IS no big deal about split infinitives. They are a DISASTER in formal writing, but its fine to use them creatively since you can use them to make something sound better, improve the meter, etc. It actually matters a lot in poetry how you use your meter; a split infinitive could fix your problem that your having with iambic meter, since without the split infinitive, maybe it was trochee meter.

Anyway, thread hijack over.
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« Reply #34 on: March 31, 2008, 03:23:01 PM »

Well, one glaring problem is that they never actually did end up going to "Boldly Go"... in fact, I don't think "Boldly Go" is even a real place!
Also, there should be a comma after "Go".


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« Reply #35 on: March 31, 2008, 07:14:54 PM »

I must confess, I stole it...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/ZaeAny6zgaU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/ZaeAny6zgaU</a>
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