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    Default What is Dangling modifier ?

    please I want to know what is Dangling modifier ? and how I can recognise it
    please help me to understand and Try to answer questions like this



    One sentences of each pair contains adanling modifier Underline The danling modifier then circle the correct sentence


    A) Forgetting the due date , I turned my term paper in late
    B) forgetting the due date , my term was turned in late



    A) Burned to a cinder , I could not eat the toast
    B) burned to a cinder , the toast couldnot be eaten

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    I'm not a proff but I hope I can help.

    click here what a dangling modifier is

    As far as I understand what a dangling modifier is that
    Forgetting the due date and Burned to a cinder are dangling modifiers in yours exapmles.

    I'd say that the correct sentences are A and B.

    I hope that help.

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    Thank you but I want to know this daling modifier in which sentece please explain to me

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by lubna81 View Post
    A) Forgetting the due date, I turned my term paper in late
    B) Forgetting the due date, my term paper was turned in late
    As you have these two, neither has a dangling modifier. Can you check them for accuracy?



    A) Burned to a cinder, I could not eat the toast If I am burned to a cinder, I cannot eat anything - I am probably dead.
    B) Burned to a cinder, the toast could not be eaten
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    These sentencse are write in an exam for teaching I want to identify where the daling modifer is and which of the two sentencesis correct please help me

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by lubna81 View Post
    please I want to know what is Dangling modifier ? and how I can recognise it
    please help me to understand and Try to answer questions like this



    One sentences of each pair contains adanling modifier Underline The danling modifier then circle the correct sentence


    A) Forgetting the due date(As I forgot...) , I turned my term paper in late



    B) burned to a cinder(As the toast was burned...) , the toast could not be eaten

    Please help me as soon as possible
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    B) forgetting the due date , my term paper was turned in late
    A) Burned to a cinder , I could not eat the toast


    The underlined parts are "dangling modifiers.", I think.
    In these sentences, in my opinion, the subject is not the same as the one in the main clause.(, which is "dangling participle.")

    B) forgetting the due date(As I forgot the...) , my term paper was turned in late
    -The subject is obviously not the same as the one in the main clause.

    However...
    A) Burned to a cinder , I could not eat the toast
    - It could be..."As I was(had been) burned to a cinder, I could not...", so...probably not a "dangling participle"...but I find it rather strange...

    Please go to :http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...struction.html

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    Please go to:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...struction.html

    3) When [?it is] gathering speed, this power along with power from a diesel engine is used to operate the motors.

    What's wrong with number 3? Is it really a dangling participle?

    3) When the boat is [=it is] gathering speed, this power [the power the boat is generating with its gathering speed] along with [additional] power from a [separate] diesel engine is used to operate the motors.

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    Please go to:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...struction.html

    3) When [?it is] gathering speed, this power along with power from a diesel engine is used to operate the motors.

    What's wrong with number 3? Is it really a dangling participle?

    3) When the boat is [=it is] gathering speed, this power [the power the boat is generating with its gathering speed] along with [additional] power from a [separate] diesel engine is used to operate the motors.
    I don't know, riverkid.....
    Since you have an objection to it, it must be questionable and needs further discussion...

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    Default Re: What is Dangling modifier ?

    A) Burned to a cinder, I could not eat the toast.
    B) Burned to a cinder, the toast could not be eaten

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I could not eat the toast If I am burned to a cinder, I cannot eat anything - I am probably dead.

    Dangling modifiers are one of the big bugbears of prescriptivism. As noted by Naomi, in the link that Tzfujimino provide, they are very common. They are very common because they rarely cause any problem in communication.

    The outlandish conclusions that prescriptivists draw to provide support for their contentions point up just how unimportant these things are.

    Of course, in certain more formal kinds of writing, they would be avoided. Why the difference between speech and writing? Well, simply because the two are different.

    Most times, dangling modifiers/participles go completely unnoticed. The only time the issue arises is when someone has been "trained" to spot them. We don't need training to know the rules of language. On occasion, because of a potential double meaning, they can provide a few moments of laughter.

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