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    #1

    unlike his face

    Which is correct:
    1) Unlike his face, I remember hers.
    2) I don't remember his face, unlike hers.

    I think that '1' has a dangling modifier. I wonder if people use this kind of structure in informal English.

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    Re: unlike his face

    Neither one is natural.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: unlike his face

    navi tasan, do you mean 'I don't remember his face but hers'?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: unlike his face

    That's not natural either, Matthew.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #5

    Re: unlike his face

    A natural way of saying it would be, 'I remember her face, but not his'.
    I am not a teacher

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    #6

    Re: unlike his face

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    I think that '1' has a dangling modifier. I wonder if people use this kind of structure in informal English.
    Yes, they do- in informal language, people very rarely worry about dangling modifiers. If the meaning is clear, people will use it.

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