5Correct Grammar: Agreement and Word Placement

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

• Correct verbs that do not agree with their subjects.

• Correct pronouns that do not agree with their antecedents.

• Identify and avoid misplaced and dangling modifiers.

• Identify and avoid split infinitives.

A BACKGROUND OF VERB USE

Verbs are either regular or irregular. An irregular verb is one that is conjugated in a way that differs from its infinitive form and that follows no pattern. The infinitive form is the verb preceded by the word to, such as to dance.

We conjugate a verb by showing how we would use it with I, with ...

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