Dear Independent Clause,
When faced with the challenge of leading a sentence with a dependent clause, I’m often hesitant. Contemplating the delicate nature of maintaining proper agreement between clauses, I take extra special care to do mine right. Some people don’t.
Here, for your perusal, is a quote from a leading journal in the field of faux post-secondary curriculum, BY THE EDITOR OF SAID LEADING JOURNAL.
Rather than constituting nudity-related objections to coed nude underwater basket-weaving, I presume that these critiques implicate a constellation of analyses that have not been sufficiently well-accomplished.
I, for one, am glad this editor does not constitute nudity-related objections to coed nude underwater basket-weaving. It’s a lousy way to live one’s life. Constituting things, I mean. Especially objections of the nudity-related kind
Also, I barely scraped by grokking that it’s the analyses that have not been sufficiently well-accomplished. This round has once again been won by passive voice.
Impatiently parsing garbled text and other dependent clauses, your faithful subordinate servant,
Dear Careful Clause,
Your hesitancy is well-placed. Who knows what the editor of the Journal of Faux Post-Secondary Curriculum was smoking when she wrote this. It was not the essence of correct grammar, that is for sure. I commend you on doing some of the great work of editing; that is, addressing the dangling modifier. And the copyeditor of said journal should be made to bring me coffee twice a morning for a week.
Yours in solidarity,