Re: Bad sentence #2

Subject: Re: Bad sentence #2
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2015 15:09:41 -0400

The latest USB drivers must be installed to use USB communications to
control instruments that run version 4.1 firmware?

On Fri, May 29, 2015 at 3:06 PM, Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:

> "In order to use USB communications to control the instrument running
> v. 4.1 firmware, the latest USB drivers must be installed."
> No dangling participle. Just . . . what?
> "In order to use USB communications to control the instrument running
> v. 4.1 firmware" is an introductory phrase providing a reason. It's not
> a clause because there is no subject.
> Friends, give me your best grammatical analysis. Thirty years ago, when
> I was teaching English as a Second Language, I could have whipped that
> sentence apart and explained its construction with gimlet-eyed
> precision. Now, quite literally, words fail!
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Bad sentence #2: From: Nancy Allison

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