RE: Need some grammar help

Subject: RE: Need some grammar help
From: "Janoff, Steve" <sjanoff -at- illumina -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:29:03 -0800

You're 100% correct, Anne. At best, the way the question is worded it
is not clear what "using _____" is modifying so the instructor ought to
give credit for either answer, A or B. But you're right in sensing that
"using _____" *does* seem to modify "for transport across the internet."

Your instructor should give you credit for answering the question
correctly. And yes, if he'd wanted to ensure that you guessed TCP (A),
he should have set that clause off with commas. (As Andrew indicated,
the instructor made it a restrictive clause by leaving off the commas,
when his intention was to make it a nonrestrictive clause.)

I share your frustration. :)


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Subject: Need some grammar help


I am trying to explain to my instructor why I believe the following
is worded incorrectly, given the "correct" answer. This is from an


Your picture will be divided into little packets of data for transport
across the internet using ___________.




C. Blah

D. Blahblah

I answered B. IP because there were no commas offsetting the phrase
the internet" and I read the question as asking what is the protocol
does the transport of the little packets?

The "correct" answer is TCP. I'm telling the instructor that if the
had been to ask what is the protocol for dividing the picture into
packets of data, there should have been a comma before and a comma after
phrase "for transport across the internet" : "Your picture will be
into little packets of data, for transport across the internet, using

This is no biggie, but, I am pretty sick of poorly written,
deficient, and grammatically gory tests and handouts. Plus, I drank a
of coffee and will be up late, so I might as well nag.

I can't remember the correct name of the phrase represented by "for
transport across the internet". I'd like to lay that on the instructor
well. Anyone?

Thank you, carry on with your weekends!

Anne C.


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