Beware lurking non sequiturs!
Non sequitur is Latin and means “it does not follow”—that is, “it’s not logical; it doesn’t make sense.” A sentence with a non sequitur contains a statement that has no logical connection with the rest of the sentence.
Born in a log cabin, Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth President of the United States.
(It does not logically follow that because Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin, he would become the sixteenth President of the United States. The two ideas should not be united in one sentence.)
A successful and popular athlete admired by his classmates, Joe was fatally injured in a traffic accident today.
(There is no logical connection between Joe’s fatal injury and his status as a popular athlete. The two ideas should not be united in one sentence.)
To correct a non sequitur, put it with information that is logically related, or remove it altogether from the sentence.
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