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Jan 8 2009   12:51AM GMT

Writing for Business – modifier placement

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

Which is correct?

After defragging the hard drive, ___________________________________.
a. the computer seemed to run better.
b. I think the computer ran better.

Answer: b

Explanation: When you begin a sentence with a modifying phrase, make sure the word after the comma is the thing that’s being modified. The computer didn’t defrag the hard drive. I did.

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