F5: Dangling Modifiers

F5: Dangling Modifiers: Don’t leave out the word or words you intend to modify, or your modifier will dangle ridiculously.  See Writing for Success Section 2.7 pp. 94-95 or the following: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/modifiers.htm


While walking across campus, the books felt they weighed fifty pounds.

(Incorrect) — We don’t know who was walking.  It reads like the books were walking.


While walking across campus, Delores felt the books weighed fifty pounds.

(Correct) — The proper noun was added for the opening phrase to modify.


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