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    Default present participle

    I had a chance to hear about the prominent aerospace industry of Quebec,
    (which is) enjoying its status as the third largest in the world.

    Hi,

    I was wondering if taking out "which is" from the sentence is possible,
    The reason I ask this is because I am worried that, if it's taken out,
    the rest of the phrase might look like a dangling participle phrase,
    having the appearance of actually referring to "I", the subject of the sentence, not the "the aerospace industry".


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    Default Re: present participle

    I had a chance to hear about the prominent aerospace industry of Quebec, enjoying its status as the third largest aerospace industry in the world.


    Maybe I should frame my question differently.

    Is the underlined phrase a so-called "dangling participle phrase"?

    Some say the sentence is fine, some other say it's not.

    Those who say it's fine point out that the participle phrase modifies "the prominent aerospace industry of Quebec", not "I".
    If that's the case, could anyone give me grammatical reference as to what qualifies as a danging participle phrase and what does not?
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    Default Re: present participle

    Driving to work, a man ran in front of my car.

    The subject of 'Driving' ('I') is different from the subject of the main clause ('a man'). That is a dangling particle.
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    Default Re: present participle

    Are you saying my original sentence is not?

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    Yes, I am saying that.
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