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  1. In a muddle.
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    Dangling Modifier here?

    "Faced with the ever-increasing ammount car models to choose from, it is little wonder that men often don't have a firm favourite".


    I reckon it's ok. Am I missing something?

    "it" can't be misconstrued as the "do-er" right? Clearly "men" is the "do-er" in this sentence.

    Help!

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    Re: Dangling Modifier here?

    Hi In a muddle,

    The rule of thumb is to have both subjects agree, the one in the dependent clause and the one in the main clause, which you example sentence doesn't do; however, since the subject in the main clause, "It", is semantically empty, the construction does in fact work, at least for me. The meaning it expresses is clear.



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    Smile Re: Dangling Modifier here?

    Quote Originally Posted by In a muddle. View Post
    "Faced with the ever-increasing ammount car models to choose from, it is little wonder that men often don't have a firm favourite".


    I reckon it's ok. Am I missing something?

    "it" can't be misconstrued as the "do-er" right? Clearly "men" is the "do-er" in this sentence.

    Help!
    Try this to get rid of the 'dangler':

    It is little wonder that, faced with the ever-increasing amount car models to choose from, men often don't have a firm favourite.



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    Re: Dangling Modifier here?

    Thanks for the replies so far.

    I am aware of how to eliminate the dangler, it's more me being pedantic and trying to convince someone that I can viably write the sentence and not have an issue with the meaning being somehow misconstrued due to a dangling modifier.

    Does the sentence "work" for anyone else?



    Have registered now... Thanks.

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    Re: Dangling Modifier here?

    Quote Originally Posted by In a muddle. View Post
    "Faced with the ever-increasing amount of car models to choose from, it is little wonder that men often don't have a firm favourite".


    I reckon it's ok. Am I missing something?

    "it" can't be misconstrued as the "do-er" right? Clearly "men" is the "do-er" in this sentence.

    Help!
    Hi, If you insert "of" as above and modify the spelling of "amount" as I have done above, I think that it works fine.

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