This week we’re looking at squinting modifiers – an error that exists in English, but may not exist in your mother tongue. This is definitely an error to watch out for.
To find out more, please watch the video below:
Here are the sentences I’d like you to redraft one more time:
• Planning and then writing your memo suitably increases the chances a judge will be persuaded.
• Reviewing your writing thoroughly improves your chances of writing well.
• Explaining your legal argument clearly will help your client understand the legal issue.
Here are the links that I mentioned:
Please check out my unit 17 video from my first course that you can find by clicking here, or
Find out what squinting modifiers are at grammar-monster.com or law.utexas.edu.
End of week review / my comments:
If you would like to know what I think about how the sentences should be redrafted, please watch the video below.
Remember to let me know if squinting modifiers can exist in your language! Please leave a comment below
The aim of this exercise is to make you think about how you can redraft language, yours or others, in a ‘plain English’ way.
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