RE: Need some grammar help

Subject: RE: Need some grammar help
From: Jimmy Breck-McKye <jb527 -at- hotmail -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2010 19:52:20 +0000


Problem? There are two verb phrases which could be modified: 'be divided [eg. by TCP]' and 'be transported [eg. by IP]'. This creates ambiguity. Nested clauses make reading harder, too, because readers need keep track of which clause relates to which.
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> Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 8:49 PM
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> Subject: Need some grammar help
>
> Hello!
>
> I am trying to explain to my instructor why I believe the following
> question
> is worded incorrectly, given the "correct" answer. This is from an
> online
> test.
>
> Question:
>
> Your picture will be divided into little packets of data for transport
> across the internet using ___________.
>
> Answers:
>
> A. TCP
>
> B. IP
>
> C. Blah
>
> D. Blahblah
>
> I answered B. IP because there were no commas offsetting the phrase
> "across
> the internet" and I read the question as asking what is the protocol
> that
> does the transport of the little packets?
>
> The "correct" answer is TCP. I'm telling the instructor that if the
> intent
> had been to ask what is the protocol for dividing the picture into
> little
> packets of data, there should have been a comma before and a comma after
> the
> phrase "for transport across the internet" : "Your picture will be
> divided
> into little packets of data, for transport across the internet, using
> ___________."
>
> This is no biggie, but, I am pretty sick of poorly written,
> syntactically
> deficient, and grammatically gory tests and handouts. Plus, I drank a
> lot
> 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
> as
> well. Anyone?
>
> Thank you, carry on with your weekends!
>
> Anne C.
>
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References:
Need some grammar help: From: A.B. Cornwell
RE: Need some grammar help: From: Janoff, Steve

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