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    brealist0817 Guest

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    How do you fix this modifier-subject mismatch. Watching in horror, the apartment building collapsed in front of our eyes.

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    GaryEM is offline Junior Member
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    Re: Help

    This modifier-subject mismatch is also called a dangling participle. "watching in horror" is the participle.
    I fix it by moving the modified subject adjacent to the participle.

    Watching in horror, we saw the arpartment building collapse before our eyes.

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    Re: Help

    Or, We watched in horror as the apartment building collapsed in front of our eyes.

    Or, The apartment building collapsed in front of our eyes as we watched in horror.

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