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    Default Dangling Modifiers

    In the following sentence:

    "Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of a cyclist getting killed"
    Is "Wearing a helmet" a dangling modifier?

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    Talking Re: Dangling Modifiers

    Hi,
    I have never heard the term, but IMHO wearing a helmet is NOT a modifier, itís the subject. Teia,
    Wearing a helmet,Öthe risk is reduced is ungrammatical, because the risk canít wear a helmet, lol.

    Regards

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    Hi Humble

    Thank you very much .I was not so attentive, was I?

    I have to reconsider my message. Yes, you are right. "Wearing a helmet" is the subject of the sentence and not a dangling modifier.

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    Teia
    Last edited by Teia; 16-Aug-2006 at 20:36.

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    It is, as the others say, the subject and not a dangling modifier. A dangling modifier would be something like:
    Wearing a helmet, people were surprised when he died in the accident.

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    Hello,
    tdol, your example is good. Teia, in Wearing a helmet, the risk is reduced Wearing a helmet is a dangling modifier,too. I've found some info on dangling modifiers on the Net and I'm going to study it.
    To me, the initial participial phrase like this must only refer to the subject.
    Wearing a helmet, X. was sure he was safe.
    This term denotes a common grammatical error.

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hello,
    tdol, your example is good. Teia, in Wearing a helmet, the risk is reduced Wearing a helmet is a dangling modifier,too. I've found some info on dangling modifiers on the Net and I'm going to study it.
    To me, the initial participial phrase like this must only refer to the subject.
    Wearing a helmet, X. was sure he was safe.
    This term denotes a common grammatical error.
    Regards

    Hi Humble


    Thank you for clarifying that. I also have to thank Tdol for having explained it.
    I admit I am still confused about it and I`ll do what Humble said :search web for a better understanding of this grammar item.

    Thank you again.

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    Teia

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    Is this still a dangling modifier?
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    By wearing a helmet, the risk is reduced.

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    P.S.
    Misplaced modifiers make funny jokes.
    FOR SALE:
    Delicate porcelain statuette. Victorian. Belongs to old lady slightly cracked.
    FOR SALE:
    Hepplewhite table, property of titled lady with exquisitely carved legs.

    That's a little different, but still.

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    Default Re: Dangling Modifiers

    I would call " wearing a helmet" an implied dangling modifier and the sentence needs to be changed to avoid confusion.

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    Red face Re: Dangling Modifiers

    Quote Originally Posted by tom slocombe View Post
    I would call " wearing a helmet" an implied dangling modifier and the sentence needs to be changed to avoid confusion.
    When I thought about my suggestion that the sentence should be changed to avoid confusion I realised that I was suggesting that grammar should take precedence over common sense. It did make me smile.

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