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Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Error Recognition 2

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let's see how well you can spot the

errors in these sentences start with

this one on top although often

overlooked people should keep in mind

the benefits of a diverse portfolio now

the problem with that is that what does

it say are often overlooked well it's

trying to say that the benefits of a

diverse portfolio are often overlooked

in fact what it says is that people are

often overlooked and that is the problem

the thing that is causing the problem is

this element at the start of the

sentence although often overlooked and

this thing is called an elliptical

clause because an ellipsis is a thing

that is left out and what's left out of

this elliptical Clause like every

elliptical Clause is a subject verb

combination and the verb being a form of

to be so if we were to get rid of the

ellipses you would have something like

although the benefits of a diverse

portfolio are often overlooked although

they are often overlooked that is not an

elliptical clause that is just a regular

subordinate clause although they are

often overlooked take out that they are

and it becomes an elliptical clause and

when you have an elliptical clause then

you have to be very careful about what

follows it because whatever follows it

the subject here people is going to be

taken as the thing that is the subject

that has been left out of the ellipses

so all this this this says although

people are overlooked they should keep

in mind the benefits of a diverse

portfolio whereas in fact of course with

the person

to say is although benefits are

overlooked people should keep them in

mind that sense by the way would be fine

although the benefits of a diverse

portfolio are often overlooked people

should keep them in mind that is a

perfectly fine sentence but this

elliptical clause puts constraints on

how the sentence can proceed so this is

the problem although often overlooked

now let's look at this one hard to put

into words young people often feel a

vague unease so the problem here is that

what is being said is hard to be put in

that is hard to put into words

it says young people are hard to put

into words what the author means to say

is that the vague unnie is felt by young

people is what's hard to put into words

but that's not what this sentence

actually says and the problem is again

caused by this thing at the beginning of

the sentence

hard to put into words and what that

thing is is suggested by its very first

word hard which is an adjective and this

whole thing is an adjective phrase and

the problem is is that the adjective

phrase is standing outside the the main

clause like this is going to be taken to

modify the next thing that appears the

subject of this sentence so if we were

to corrective and we were to begin with

these words hard to put into words the

next words would have to be a vague

unease Vega knees is often felt by young

people that would be grammatically

correct but this here is not this is

saying something unintended

The Description of Error Recognition 2