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Dangling Modifiers. 404 Simon and Schuster. A Dangling WHAT!. A dangling modifier describes or limits a word or words that never actually appear in the sentence. Aware of the intended meaning, the writer unconsciously supplies the missing words, but the reader gets confused.

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dangling modifiers

Dangling Modifiers

404

Simon and Schuster

a dangling what
A Dangling WHAT!
  • A dangling modifier describes or limits a word or words that never actually appear in the sentence.
  • Aware of the intended meaning, the writer unconsciously supplies the missing words, but the reader gets confused.
  • To correct a dangling modifier, clearly state the intended SUBJECT in the sentence.
examples
Examples
  • Having read Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” the ending surprised us.
  • Having read Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” we were surprised by the ending.
  • We read Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” and were surprised by the ending.
  • When courting Emily, the townspeoplegossiped about her.
  • When Emily was being courted by Homer Barron, the townspeople gossiped about her.

States the ending was reading the story….

Includes the subject we….

Includes the subject we …

Are the townspeople courting Emily?

The person doing the courting …

the major cause
The Major cause …
  • To earn money, china painting lessons were offered by Emily to wealthy young women.
  • To earn money, Emily offered china painting lessons to wealthy young women.
  • To understand what happened to Krakatoa, the volcano and its history must be studied.
  • To understand what happened to Krakatoa, one must study the volcano and its history.

China painting cannot earn money

Active Voice – Emily offered corrects the problem.