Mixed constructions are among the most challenging types of sentence errors to find an fix, as they can be caused by many types of issues and have many possible solutions.
What is a mixed construction?
This occurs when the parts of a sentence do not match up and connect correctly. Watch this video to learn more. For more information about mixed constructions, with examples, please visit one of these helpful sites:
- Grammarly article
- Article from Lumen
- A list of common mixed construction causes from the Writing Center Underground
- A list of clear examples from grammar.ccc
- A blog post with many examples and tips of correcting mixed constructions
Here are a few examples:
1) INCORRECT: Nurses, a demanding profession, requires a significant amount of education and training.
(The problem here is that the subject is a group of people, and the predicate talks about the profession of nursing...not the nurses themselves.)
CORRECT: Nursing, a demanding profession, requires a significant amount of education and training.
2) INCORRECT: The new technology program we began to use it last semester.
(The problem here is that our subject is the technology program...but then we add a second, unexpected subject (we) and a subsequent predicate.)
CORRECT: We began to use the new technology program last semester.
Visit this page for more examples and corrections.