Tutor profile: Stephanie K.
What is wrong with this sentence: Drinking fresh-brewed coffee, the sofa made an excellent place for the librarian to relax.
Drinking fresh-brewed coffee is a dangling modifier! Those pesky modifiers always have to be placed in the right place, but before we get to that let's figure out what a modifier is. A modifier is a word or phrase that describes. In this case, we have a modifying phrase, "Drinking fresh-brewed coffee" that should be describing the subject, the librarian. So what's the issue? Well, the problem is that how the sentence is arranged now would make one think that the sofa is drinking the coffee instead of the librarian. The noun that comes directly after our modifying phrase can confuse the reader because what is actually being described is not placed in close proximity to its modifier. So how do we fix it? Well, the major rule here is to always have the subject being modified right after the modifying phrase (or as close a possible). So let's help our librarian out. See the solution below. The sofa made an excellent place for the librarian to relax while she drank freshly-brewed coffee.
I don't know where to start. How do I come up with a topic to write about?
The first thing you write is never going to be the best thing you write. I like to say, there are no good writers only rewrites. So with this in mind, let's start off with some free writing. I'd like you to use the next 10 minutes to write about Bananas. You can write in any style you like, stream of consciousness, etc. Once we've finished that, we'll move on to some brainstorming exercises to get you started, but right now we're just working on getting you relaxed so you can think.
Subject: College Admissions
I know that you're only in the 10th grade but planning for college admission requires a large amount of forethought. With this in mind, I'd like you and your parents to take at the list of schools below (which include varied school types) and let me know which ones pique your interest. When we have an idea of the goal you are aiming for then we'll be better able to strategize for success. Williams College Columbia University Bucknell University College of Charleston Suffolk University University of South Florida Kettering University Northeastern University Bentley University Vassar College
After taking a look at the colleges you suggested, my family and I discovered that we were most drawn to Kettering University and Northeastern University. Although these schools are in entirely different geographic areas, what we like is their approach to teaching. Both institutions have Co-op programs that will allow me to put into practice the theory I'll be learning in class. As someone who is interested in Engineering and Computer Science, it's important that I get my hands dirty while also building a reliable network, one I can count on after graduating from college.
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