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    Hi teacher,
    Is it correct to write
    " her having understood the true nature of the English language, I don't have this problem anymore."
    Do I have here the problem of "Dangling modifier." If yes! what would be the correct sentence, using participle phrase. Please explain
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    Default Re: Is it correct

    Hmmm… did you write your example your sentence wrong?

    “… her having understood the true nature of the English language, I don't have this problem anymore."

    Did you mean to say the HER?

    “… having understood the true nature of the English language, I don't have this problem anymore."

    In this case, no, this is not a hanging modifier… the I in the second phrase is the same person who is understanding the true nature…

    It WOULD be a dangling modifier is you said:

    “… having understood the true nature of the English language, the problem did not exist any more.”

    In this case, it is very unclear WHO understood the true nature… but in YOUR example, the subject (I) was in the sentence, so it was correct.

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    Default Re: Is it correct

    Additionally,

    The subject of the main clause is also the subject of the modifying clause, like this,

    I, having understood the true nature of the English language, don't have this problem anymore.

    Having understood the true nature of the English language, I don't have this problem anymore.

    I don't have this problem anymore, having understood the true nature of the English language.

    Consider this. Take the sentences below and make them into one long sentence by replacing the subject in [1] with the word "having":

    [1] I understood the true nature of the English language.
    [2] I don't have this problem anymore.

    => Having understood the nature of the English language, I don't have this problem anymore.

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