3b. Being old and decrepit, the
house sold for a low price.
4a. Tired and depressed, quitting
seemed to be the only available
4b. Tired and depressed, he decided
that quitting was the only option
available to him.
5a. Confused by the freeway signs,
she passed up the exit ramp.
5b. Confused by the freeway signs,
the exit ramp was passed up.
6a. Singing a popular song, her
bicycle could be seen speeding
down the street with her astride
6b. Singing a popular song, she sped
down the street on her bicycle.
7a. Traveling in Europe, I was amazed
by the number of polyglots.
7b. Traveling in Europe, the number of
polyglots I observed amazed me.
8a. Searching frantically through
my desk, the report suddenly
8b. Searching frantically through my
desk, I found the report buried
beneath some old folders.
9a. Running down the street, I saw
the bus go right by me.
9b. Running down the street, the bus
passed right by me.
10a.Staring out the window, the
cityscape was enchanting.
10b.Staring out the window, the
man found the cityscape an
The easiest way to make the best
grammatical choices in sentences like these
is to ask, “Who or what are they talking
about in the beginning of the sentence?”
Then ask, “Is that the same person or thing
being talked about in the second half of
the sentence, after the comma?” If so, the
sentence is written correctly, and readers
will be able to comprehend it easily.
Grammar indeed has power. It is a
power you will want to impart to your child
to help facilitate his or her transitions to
various stages of learning . . . and of life.
Marlene Caroselli, Ed.D. is a prolific
author, keynoter, and corporate trainer.
You can reach her at mccpd@frontiernet
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*Answers: 1. second sentence 2. first 3. second
4. second 5. first 6. second 7. first (An introduction
of the word polyglot provides another opportunity
for vocabulary expansion. Explore other words with
the poly– prefix, which means “many.” For a quick
science lesson, research the “glottis.” A polyglot, your
child will soon see, is a person who is conversant in
more than one language.) 8. second 9. first 10. second