dangling modifier


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Noun1.dangling modifier - a word or phrase apparently modifying an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence: e.g., `when young' in `when young, circuses appeal to all of us'
modifier, qualifier - a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
dangling participle - a participle (usually at the beginning of a sentence) apparently modifying a word other than the word intended: e.g., `flying across the country' in `flying across the country the Rockies came into view'
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They weed out the unnecessary article, they give a boring story more than a bit of oomph, and, no matter how bad their eyesight is, they can spot that dangling modifier a mile away.
To fix a dangling modifier, you need to add the subject:
A dangling modifier is usually a phrase at the beginning of the sentence that does not truly modify the noun or pronoun that follows it.
Following that he strikes out a dangling modifier, a metaphor for his own psychological impotence and direct contrast to his physical need.
This dangling modifier gives readers the impression that when his teacher was eight years old she had an interest in Paleontology.
Maybe a month in the Marine Corps can seem like four years, but in English, this is known as a dangling modifier.
Ninety percent of students applying to work in the lab miss this example of dangling modifier appearing on their interview test: "While flying to Honolulu, an idea occurred to her.
At times the text would have benefitted, too, from closer proofreading; the first essay, for example, is marred by at least eight typographical errors while another has three subject-verb errors and a dangling modifier.
Mistakes can happen, so we lose a point for every typo or dangling modifier you catch each month.
Representative lapses include excessive repetition (on page 73 we are introduced to "soprano Elsie Houston" twice in the same paragraph), confused organization (on page 40 we read that "Dyagilev returned to Rio de Janeiro" and on page 92 we are introduced to "the Russian impresario Sergey Pavlovich Dyagilev"), awkward sentence structure (a dangling modifier glares at the reader on page 39), and other problems.
Every piece of the earth had a dangling modifier, attaching it to a profound bed in my memory and calling upon my folly, as if it were mastering my ignorance.
And those who still care for grammatical precision will notice that when he says in another poem, "Floating beside me I detect her / mythic scent," the dangling modifier makes this say that he is floating beside himself.