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    Lightbulb Error Identification(1)

    A child of noble birth , his name was famous among the children in that school

    My first choice is D but the answer is B. ?

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniversary View Post
    A child of noble birth , his name was famous among the children in that school

    My first choice is D but the answer is B. ?
    Hi, again.
    Do you mean 'his name' is grammatically wrong?
    I don't think it's a full sentence.
    Could you check your workbook(or coursebook?) again and wait for native speakers to respond?

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniversary View Post
    A child of noble birth , his name was famous among the children in that school

    My first choice is D but the answer is B. ?
    Technically, the sentence should be something like, "A child of noble birth, he had a name famous among...". As it is written, the purist would insist that it means that 'his name' was a child of noble birth. In real life, very few people would notice this 'error'.

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    Which grammar in this sentence ?

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniversary View Post
    Which grammar in this sentence ?
    I don't know what you mean, I'm afraid.

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    The only thing I consider to be slightly odd is that I wouldn't say "his name was famous", I would simply say "he was famous". I don't like the entire question though.

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    Quote Originally Posted by Anniversary View Post
    Which grammar in this sentence ?
    Hi, Anniversary.
    If I understand your question correctly, it(the grammar(grammatical) term for it) is the 'Participial Construction.'
    I think it is called 'dangling.' (I'm not sure about it....it might be called a 'non-participial modifier.')
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danglin...pial_modifiers

    P.S. I first thought the question was about the 'relative pronoun.'
    The child of noble birth, whose name was famous among the children in that school, <verb....>

    If there had been a period(full stop) at the end, I might have read it in another way.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 27-May-2012 at 02:47.

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    Re: Error Identification(1)

    In BrE, "at that school" would be more natural than "in" but that's only going to be picked up in a course book which only recognises one form of English.

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