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mengta

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we began seeing one needle-pointed peak after another,erupting vertically out of the mist.

is it correct to use "erupting" here?
 

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:hi:

In my view, you could do if you were being poetical, but "emerging" might be better in normal conversation. ;-)
 

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is the sentence a "dangling participle"?
Red5 said:
:hi:

In my view, you could do if you were being poetical, but "emerging" might be better in normal conversation. ;-)
 

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mengta said:
is the sentence a "dangling participle"?
Red5 said:
:hi:

In my view, you could do if you were being poetical, but "emerging" might be better in normal conversation. ;-)

No. A "dangling participle" is one that is disconnected from the word it is intended to modify. In this case, "erupting" or "emerging" modifies "peak".

A dangling participle would be:

Lighting my cigar, the car drove off the road. (the car was not lighting his cigar)

Walking down the street the other day, a piano fell from a second floor window. (the piano was not walking down the street)

:wink:
 
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