Wednesday, April 4, 2012

D is for Dangling Modifiers or Shoes on a Wire


I'm sure you've seen them. I know I have. Shoes danging from wires are common in most every town in the USA. Like dangling modifiers, dangling shoes over a wire are in search of a subject. They're detached. Here's a good example.

Hoping to find some reason for their abandonment, the results of the shoes desertion were reviewed.

Okay, let's help the shoes and the dangling modifier.

We reviewed the results of the shoes desertion, hoping to find the reason for their abandonment.

Do you have dangling modifiers in your writing? I must confess, it's one of my favorite mistakes. :/



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6 comments:

  1. Great reminder! Dangling modifiers are insidious things, and even editors miss them sometimes. Always good to keep an eye out when we're revising!

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    1. They really are insidious. I try to keep them away, but every once in a while one appears. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. This is the one aspect of grammar that my students seem to grasp quickly! Great image with this post :)

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    1. I'm glad you liked the picture. You must be a great teacher.

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  3. New to your blog.. May just be a new place to hang out.. I need help with my writing and I know my kiddos do!

    Christa Darr
    Fairfield Corner Academy

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    1. Welcome Christa! I'm glad you found my blog.

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