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    Dangling Participle Or Permitted Use?

    Two questions about the following sentence:

    "Having considered the alternatives, the councilwoman’s anger at her constituent’s failing to agree was understandable."

    1) Some would say that this sentence contains a dangling participle, because it is the councilwoman herself -- not her anger -- who considered the alternatives.
    But is this not generally acceptable, since the subject in the main clause ("the councilwoman’s anger") subsumes the understood subject of the antecedent participle ("the couincilwoman"), making the meaning of both unambiguous?

    2) Is it incorrect to use the gerund "failing" in this sentence instead of the noun "failure"?

    Thank you for your thoughtfulness.
    Last edited by newwriter; 09-Nov-2014 at 01:19. Reason: clarity

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    Re: Dangling Participle Or Permitted Use?

    IMHO, the sentence in question is perfectly fine. But why are there two of them just alike?


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    Re: Dangling Participle Or Permitted Use?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    IMHO, the sentence in question is perfectly fine. But why are there two of them just alike?

    There should not be two alike -- just an inadvertant slip of the CTRL/V I guess. I've corrected it for posterity and further viewers.
    Thank you for your reply.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Nov-2014 at 09:10. Reason: Changing 'prosperity' to 'posterity'.

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