Chapter 21: “How to Add a Pop of Crisp Clarity”

“Proofing a document out loud is also the only way to prevent pesky misplaced modifiers such as
Applauding wildly, the tenor bowed to the audience.
When you’re writing such a sentence, in your head it is perfectly clear that the audience is encoring the tenor. But something gets lost in translation between brain and keyboard. This sentence presents us with the ludicrous image of an opera singer who is wildly and enthusiastically applauding himself. I, for one, would really enjoy a self-affirming opera star!”