Are these sentences grammatically correct?
a. In secondary schools, children are taught more subjects than in primary schools.
b. After finishing primary school, many students go to secondary schools and afterwards to college
c. Education is very important not only to find work but also to become better citizens.
d. In the past, only a few children managed to learn to read and write well.
- BookbinderLv 72 years ago
All four sentences are understandable, but they are all faulty.
a. Should be: Children are taught more subjects in secondary schools than they are in primary schools.
b. Should be: Many students finish primary school, and then go to secondary schools and afterwards to college.
c. Should be: Education is very important, because it not only enables students to find work, but it also enables them to become better citizens.
d. Should be: Only a few children managed, in the past, to learn to read and write well.
a. This sentence begins with an unrelated participle (in the USA, it is called a dangling modifier), which is frowned on by some grammarians. If we read "In secondary schools,..." and then pause at the comma, we do not know what the phrase is trying to tell us, so it should be moved further along in the sentence.
b. This sentence also begins with an unrelated participle, and it is undesirable for the same reason that is given for sentence a.
c. This sentence fails to tell the reader for whom education is very important. The reader does not see a subject, which means that we do not know who will find work and become better citizens.
d. This sentence also begins with an unrelated participle, which should be placed further along in the sentence.
- MurzyLv 72 years ago
all are fine
- MarkLv 72 years ago
They sound fine.