English Grammar Lessons
Dangling Modifier - Glossary of Terms
A dangling modifier is an error caused by not placing the noun being modified next to its
(or failing to use the noun being modified in the sentence).
Blackpool Tower, the Eiffel Tower is more impressive.
the noun being modified
The example above intimates that the Eiffel Tower has seen the Blackpool
Tower. A correct version would be:
Having seen Blackpool Tower, I am more impressed with the Eiffel Tower.
This version is correct, because "I" is logically attached to
"Having seen Blackpool Tower". (Note: "I" is a pronoun:
a type of noun.)
in Dawlish, it is understandable that I miss the sea so much.
pronoun being modified
In this example, "it" was not born in Dawlish. Better versions would be:
Being born in Dawlish, I understand why I miss the sea so much.
As I was
born in Dawlish, it is understandable why I miss the sea so much.
("As I was born in Dawlish" is not
Having read your letter, my cat will
stay in until the birds fly off. [show me
the dangling modifier]|
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