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Writing: Modifier placement — Basic example

Writing: Grammar

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- [Instructor] Though they seem like an unusual way to extinguish a fire, engineering students are designing low frequency sound wave devices to put out flames. All right, that was really strange because they're saying though they seem like an unusual way to extinguish a fire, so they're referring to they as something that's an unusual way extinguish a fire, and then right after that, they say engineering students, so they're implying that the engineering students are the they. So, let me put a little... Our engineering, the way the sentence is constructed, it makes it sound like engineering students are the they, that engineering students are an unusual way to extinguish a fire, and that would be an unusual way, indeed. But what they're really trying to say is that low frequency sound wave devices to put out, that low frequency sound wave devices are the unusual way to extinguish a fire. So, I would like a, I would like the second clause to start with low frequency sound wave devices. So, let's look at the choices. So, I definitely don't like it as is. So, though they seem like an unusual way to extinguish a fire, engineering students, so they're doing that same thing again. Though they seem like an unusual way to extinguish a fire, low frequency sound wave devices, okay I'm liking this so far because it's clear that the they is referring to low frequency sound wave devices, designed by engineering students are being used to put out flames. So, I'm liking, I'm liking this choice right over here. So, let's look at this last one. Though they seem like an unusual way to extinguish a fire, flames are, and so this is implying that flames is the they. And so you can just replace they with flames and see if that makes sense. Though flames seem like an unusual way to extinguish a fire. Once again, that would be an unusual way. That's not even what they wanna say. They wanna say that the low frequency sound waves, that's the they, so I don't like this one either. So, I'm definitely liking that choice.