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    Hi there,
    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.

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    Default Re: Dangling structure

    Quote Originally Posted by mehdihas View Post
    Hi there,
    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.
    The problem is the meaning. The subject (the person or thing preparing the breakfast) is the toast. To correct the meaning, add in a subject that can prepare breakfast, like this,


    • Preparing breakfast in a hurry, Mehdihas burned the toast.

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    Default Re: Dangling structure

    Dear Lauralie2,
    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.
    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Dangling structure

    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.

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