Grammarly says: Modal Verb use for the word held. Thank you.


Through Christ’s forgiveness, Christians can look ahead and not be held captive by wrong choices, sins, failures, and disappointments. 

asked Jul 21 '13 at 22:08 Susan New member

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The modal verb "can" actually does not get into a verb phrase with "not be held" in your sentence. "Be" is helping verb here, not modal. Although the idea in the sentence is pretty clear, I would suggest the following changes:


..., Christians can look ahead (here I would add to what they can look ahead) without being held captive by...


I hope this helps :)

link answered Jul 23 '13 at 15:42 Elin Tomov Contributor

Good answer! Thanks.

SusanJul 23 '13 at 17:32

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