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    we began seeing one needle-pointed peak after another,erupting vertically out of the mist.

    is it correct to use "erupting" here?

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    In my view, you could do if you were being poetical, but "emerging" might be better in normal conversation.
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    is the sentence a "dangling participle"?
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    In my view, you could do if you were being poetical, but "emerging" might be better in normal conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mengta
    is the sentence a "dangling participle"?
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    In my view, you could do if you were being poetical, but "emerging" might be better in normal conversation.
    No. A "dangling participle" is one that is disconnected from the word it is intended to modify. In this case, "erupting" or "emerging" modifies "peak".

    A dangling participle would be:

    Lighting my cigar, the car drove off the road. (the car was not lighting his cigar)

    Walking down the street the other day, a piano fell from a second floor window. (the piano was not walking down the street)

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