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Sentence Correction: Parts of Speech - Adjective

Becoming one of Australia's most popular athletes, Ian Thorpe has won five Olympic gold medals and is admired for his relentless determination and exception kick.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word competence is a noun. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun employee.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Parts of Speech error. The word relent a verb. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun kick.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word power is a noun. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun kick.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Parts of Speech error. The word determination is a noun. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun kick.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word power is a noun. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun kick.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word power is a noun. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun kick.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Parts of Speech error. The word relent is a verb. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun determination.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The word exception is a noun. The adjective form of this word should be used to describe the noun kick.

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This answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech error by using an adjective (exceptional) to describe a noun (kick).

Although this answer choice corrects the original Parts of Speech error by using the adjective exceptional to describe the noun kick, it creates a Dangling Modifier. The original sentence begins with a modifier: Becoming one of Australia's most popular athletes. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only noun that this modifier can logically modify is Ian Thorpe. However, what immediately follows the modifier is five Olympic gold medals and Olympic medals cannot be athletes.

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 Parts of Speech error by using the adjective exceptional to describe the noun kick, it creates a Dangling Modifier. The original sentence begins with a modifier: Becoming one of Australia's most popular athletes. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only noun that this modifier can logically modify is Ian Thorpe. However, what immediately follows the modifier is admiration and admiration cannot be an athlete.

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.

Ian Thorpe has won five Olympic gold medals and is admired for his relentless determination and exception kick
five Olympic gold medals were won by Ian Thorpe who is admired for his relentless determination and exceptional kick
admiration for his relentless determination and exceptional kick, Ian Thorpe has won five Olympic gold medals
Ian Thorpe has won five Olympic gold medals and is admired for his relent determination and exceptional kick
Ian Thorpe has won five Olympic gold medals and is admired for his relentless determination and exceptional kick