Grammar Quiz

Hello, readers, it’s time for today’s Grammar Stumper. See if you can spot what’s wrong with this sentence:

Honey, I can’t wait until you give birth to our child, because it will be your turn to clean the cat litter for nine months.

That’s right, it has a hanging independent clause. Unlike a hanging participle, which merits no sanction other than mockery and perhaps correction, the hanging independent clause is a complete sentence appended to another with a conjunction and that is sometimes punishable by hanging.

Gentle reader, to best avoid the hanging dependent clause and the hanging that might ensue, one should simply discard the dangerous part of the compound sentence:

Honey, I can’t wait until you give birth to our child.

See how that simple truncation turns you from grammar goofball to grammar, and sometimes familial, hero.

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