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George Carlin, both shocking and entertaining audiences across the nation, who also struggled publicly with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of comedians.

I found the above sentence in manhattan guide, which is mentioned as incorrect. Even RonPuerwal stated that usage of back to back modifiers is permissible in the discussion of below question

The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon were built on a spectacular scale with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were connected by a complex regional system of roads.
A. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each, were
B. with more than 75 carefully engineered structures, of up to 600 rooms each,
C. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms, each that had been
D. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms and with each
E. of more than 75 carefully engineered structures of up to 600 rooms each had been

Can someone shed some light on red statement please?

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mykrasovski wrote:



I used "The Anasazi settlements at Chaco Canyon ..." example just for the reference. I am more concerned with below one.

George Carlin, both shocking and entertaining audiences across the nation, who also struggled publicly with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of comedians.


Modifier 1: both shocking and entertaining audiences across the nation
Modifier 2: who also struggled publicly with drug abuse.

Both the modifiers are referring back to the George Carlin. At least as per my understanding.

why this example is incorrect...am i missing something here?
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mahi816 these two modifiers are incorrectly used. When dealing with modifiers, it is a good practice to identify the main idea of the sentence (find main clause) and then find the information that is auxiliary (modifiers).

Here is a simple example:

Bob, one of the fastest runners in our school and only one who never missed a single practice session, barely qualified for a regional athletic competition, which is held annually.

Try to break down your example and see what you get.
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mykrasovski wrote:
mahi816 these two modifiers are incorrectly used. When dealing with modifiers, it is a good practice to identify the main idea of the sentence (find main clause) and then find the information that is auxiliary (modifiers).

Here is a simple example:

Bob, one of the fastest runners in our school and only one who never missed a single practice session, barely qualified for a regional athletic competition, which is held annually.

Try to break down your example and see what you get.


George Carlin, both shocking and entertaining audiences across the nation, who also struggled publicly with drug abuse, influenced and inspired a generation of comedians.


Modifier 1: both shocking and entertaining audiences across the nation
Modifier 2: who also struggled publicly with drug abuse.

George Carlin, M1, M2, influenced and inspired a generation of comedians.......influenced and inspired are the verbs, and M1 and M2 are giving more information regarding George

Even now it seems correct to me. Can you please provide a detailed explanation?
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Both the modifiers are referring back to the George Carlin.

who can also refer to audiences.
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mahi816 wrote:
Both the modifiers are referring back to the George Carlin.

who can also refer to audiences.



Ahh...missed the audiences.....thanks for helping on this issue
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