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Sentence Correction: Redundancy - "as well as"

Using technical knowledge and experience, clay is manipulated by ceramic artists with an endless amount of creative sculpting and firing methods.

This sentence begins with a modifier: Using technical knowledge and experience. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only thing that this modifier can logically modify is ceramic artists, as it's hard to imagine that clay could have technical knowledge. The noun ceramic artists, however, is quite far from the modifier that describes it.

What helps us identify this question as a Dangling Modifier question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

A modifier, characterized by all of the following:
1. Verb+ing or Verb in 3rd form
2. Separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma
3. Appears at the very beginning of the sentence

Whenever you see this Stop Sign, focus on the modifier: check whether the noun right after the modifier is indeed the noun that the modifier describes. If it isn't - you've found your mistake.

This answer choice repeats the original Dangling Modifier error. The sentence begins with a modifier: Using technical knowledge and experience. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only thing that this modifier can logically modify is ceramic artists, as it's hard to imagine that clay could have technical knowledge. The noun ceramic artists, however, is quite far from the modifier that describes it.

What helps us identify this question as a Dangling Modifier question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

A modifier, characterized by all of the following:
1. Verb+ing or Verb in 3rd form
2. Separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma
3. Appears at the very beginning of the sentence

Whenever you see this Stop Sign, focus on the modifier: check whether the noun right after the modifier is indeed the noun that the modifier describes. If it isn't - you've found your mistake.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Dangling Modifier error by moving the noun being described (ceramic artists) to directly follow the modifier (Using technical knowledge and experience), it creates Redundancy with the phrase as well as.

Using as well as instead of and is redundant.

What helps us identify this Redundancy error is the following Stop Sign:

as well as

Although this answer choice corrects the original Dangling Modifier error by changing the structure of the sentence so that we know, in this case, who is using technical knowledge..., it creates Redundancy with the phrase as well as.

Using as well as instead of and is redundant.

What helps us identify this Redundancy error is the following Stop Sign:

as well as

Very well done!

This sentence begins with a modifier: Using technical knowledge and experience. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only thing that this modifier can logically modify is ceramic artists, so ceramic artists should immediately follow the modifier.

Using technical knowledge and experience, clay is manipulated by ceramic artists with an endless amount of creative sculpting and firing methods
Using technical knowledge and experience, ceramic artists manipulate clay with an endless amount of creative sculpting as well as firing methods
Using technical knowledge and experience, ceramic artists manipulate clay with an endless amount of creative sculpting and firing methods
Ceramic artists, using technical knowledge as well as experience, manipulate clay with an endless amount of creative sculpting and firing methods
Using technical knowledge, experience and an endless amount of creative sculpting and firing methods, clay is manipulated by ceramic artists