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While structuring a sentence, does the non-essential modifiers effect sentence structure?

To get to his house,Jim biked along an old dirt road,which cut through the woods.
Jim biked along an old dirt road,which cut through the woods,to get to his house.
Jim biked along an old dirt road,to get to his house,which cut through the woods.

How can we differentiate which sentence is correct?
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New post 30 Mar 2019, 08:39
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Third one is obviously incorrect because it seems to nonsensically suggest that the house cut through the woods.

Between first and second option, first is better. In the second option, the non-essential modifier needlessly obstructs the main clause (Jim biked along an old dirt road to get to his house).

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Re: Non-Essential Modifiers   [#permalink] 30 Mar 2019, 08:39

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