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I have problem with dangling structures. Is the following sentence which is related to danglings correct?
1) Preparing the breakfast in a hurry, the toast was burned.
Would you please explain a bit about danglings.
Thanks for the response.
can we say that the following sentence is also a dangling structure?
1) To work more efficiently, the machine needs frequent oiling.
No, the machine is what is working efficiently.
The machine works efficiently. The machine needs frequently oiling.
Unless you mean that a PERSON needs to work more efficiently while using this machine -- in that case, it would be dangling.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.