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Asked by: fully-ga
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06 Apr 2005 18:48 PDT
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Question ID: 506076
1. Which one of the following sentences contains a dangling modifier? a. Sitting on the windowsill, the geraniums got lots of sunshine. b. Before going home, this account must be audited. c. Jogging quickly around the track, Janice was becoming breathless. c. To get the best results, follow the directions onthe label closely.
Answered By: welte-ga on 06 Apr 2005 19:22 PDT
Dear Fully, Thank you for your question. The answer is (B). The phrase "Before going home" appears to erroneously modify "this account," which is obviously not "going home." Here is a good website from Purdue with multiple examples, complete with explanations, of dangling modifiers: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_dangmod.html Correct ways to restate the sentence would include the following: Before going home, you must audit this account. Before you go home, this account must be audited. Here are some other websites that discuss dangling modifiers and give further examples: http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/modifiers.htm http://www.answers.com/topic/dangling-modifier-1 Also, an excellent description of dangling modifiers can be found at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangling_modifier I hope this information was useful. Please feel free to ask for any clarification. Best, -welte-ga
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