3 Modifiers Left Dangling Without a Supporting Subject


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An introductory phrase intended to modify the subject of a sentence is said to be left hanging when the main clause it precedes begins with a reference to a noun that is not the subject of the sentence—hence the label “dangling modifier.” In each of the sentences below, the subject is faulty; the paragraph following each discusses the problem, and a revision remedies it.

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3 thoughts on “3 Modifiers Left Dangling Without a Supporting Subject”

  1. I enjoyed the guest post by Ali. A number of her observations, about writing, approximate the difficulties in other life pursuits.

    A preacher who prepares diligently for a sermon, only to receive little or no feedback. The sermon writer might conclude that the work was uninspired and the the time invested was wasted.

    Another example might be:

    A gardener has become lax in the promotion and maintenance of a flower bed. Each day there is a recognition that something should be done. However, finding the time, energy, or desire seemingly eludes the landscaper.

    Maybe spending ten minutes in the early morning and another ten, just prior to dusk, would improve the appearance? Perhaps, but where to find the resolve?

    Criticism and perseverance are the matrix for excellence. Devising, strategizing, and reinventing the work are common to most endeavors!


  2. Thanks for sharing this. I have long wondered at the number of professional writers of news and documentaries do this. My favorite: “Unlike the dinosaurs, no one knows why the giant mammals died out.” Oh, really? So the dinosaurs know why the giant mammals died out? Now all the scientists have to do is find some viable DNA in a dinosaur bone, clone the dinosaur, and then we can ask it why the giant mammals died out.


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