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Exercise 1: Problems with Parenthetical Phrases

Each of the sentences below has an error that involves incorrectly sharing words to convey two related ideas. Rephrase each sentence as necessary so that the parenthetical phrase could be omitted without compromising the structural integrity of the main clause.

Exercise 2: Noun Strings

A series of nouns in which all but the last word function as adjectives modifying the final noun is difficult to read. Revise each sentence below to ease the flow of the statement.

Exercise 3: Prepositional Phrase or Infinitive?

The word to can be used as a preposition introducing a prepositional phrase and as a particle introducing an infinitive phrase. Choose the answer that indicates the function of the to in each of the following sentences.

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