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    Talking of xxx, China is a xxx--accepted dangling?

    I do appreciate so many people have participated in the 'judging from' thread of mine and it seems people have reached a consensus that the dangling arising from there is acceptable.

    My question here is: can 'talking of ' be regarded as an example of acceptable danglings as well?

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    Talking of human rights, China is a big violator.----Is the dangling here acceptable? Thank you.

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    Re: Talking of xxx, China is a xxx--accepted dangling?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I do appreciate so many people have participated in the 'judging from' thread of mine and it seems people have reached a consensus that the dangling arising from there is acceptable.

    My question here is: can 'talking of ' be regarded as an example of acceptable danglings as well?

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    Talking of human rights, China is a big violator.----Is the dangling here acceptable? Thank you.
    I'd accept that in speech, not in academic writing.
    In speech, you can't see the punctuation; in writing, you can think of a better way to express it.
    You mean "[Since we're] talking of human rights, [I believe that] China is a big violator."

    [I didn't read the previous thread.]

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    Re: Talking of xxx, China is a xxx--accepted dangling?

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I do appreciate so many people have participated in the 'judging from' thread of mine and it seems people have reached a consensus that the dangling arising from there is acceptable.

    My question here is: can 'talking of ' be regarded as an example of acceptable danglings as well?

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    Talking of human rights, China is a big violator.----Is the dangling here acceptable? Thank you.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, LiuJing.

    (1) Thanks again for your "judging from" thread. I learned SO much.

    (2) This one is much easier (I think!!!).

    (3) Professors Pence & Emery in their A Grammar of Present-Day English explain:

    (a) Yes, your sentence is technically a dangling participle. And it's FINE!

    (b) But it is so popular that many grammar books give it a fancier name:

    absolute participles.

    (a) "Absolute" sentences are considered "good" English. For example:


    (i) THE TEACHER BEING ILL, we returned home.

    (4) The good professors give this example:

    Speaking of baseball, where is [I deleted the baseball player's name] now?

    (5) They list SOME of the participles that are used absolutely:

    allowing
    concerning
    owing
    speaking
    talking

    (a) They also point out that in certain kinds of sentences, some of those participles are also considered prepositions:

    He will say nothing CONCERNING HIS PART IN THE AFFAIR.

    ***** THANK YOU *****
    Last edited by TheParser; 20-Jun-2010 at 19:07.

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