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The Complete Idiot’s Guide™ to Writing Well by Laurie E. Rozakis

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Chapter 26. Grammar 101

Grammar 101
  • A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. “In English,” he said, “A double negative forms a positive. In some languages, however, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”

  • A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

Double negatives. Misplaced modifiers. Dangling participles.

What is all this stuff? When most people complain that they “can't write,” ...

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