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What is the exact difference between a dangling and a misplaced modifier?

I've read different sources , but I still don't understand the difference between the two errors .
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“The right to life” and “the right to die”

Why do we say "the right to life" but "the right to die", instead of "the right to live" or "the right to death"?
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Which is correct - I like buying or I like to buy [duplicate]

Which is correct? I like buying new gadgets. or I like to buy new gadgets. If both are correct then what is the difference between them?
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“had been” vs. “was” [duplicate]

Two women rescued a child who was kidnapped by his neighbour. or Two women rescued a child who had been kidnapped by his neighbour. Which one is correct and why?
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Difference between “Where are you living?” and “Where do you live?”

What is the difference in common usage between sentences like: a) Where are you living? and Where do you live? or b) Are you traveling a lot? and Do you travel a lot?
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Which one is correct: “Similar to those that happened in Y” or “Similar to those in Y”? Please see my examples

Is the first sentence fine as it is? I was surprised to know that circumstances surrounding the violent protests in Japan were somehow similar to those in my short story. I was surprised to know ...
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How does “ain't” work?

From what I know, "ain't" works as a negation is any tense or form. However, it doesn't take the form of the (first/second/third) person or the tense and so the verb following it does. What I mean is: ...
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Can you use past tense, past perfect tense or present tense with if? Consider the examples:

Which of the following is correct? 1.) What should you do if the events in your story have happened in real life just when you finished writing it? 2.) What should you do if the events in your ...
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“Why the Sky is Blue”

"Why is the sky blue?" vs "Why the sky is blue?" It seems both sentences are correct, is there any difference in meaning? Addendum My question is inspired by this book's title: Edit: I added ...
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Does the sentence “She tells of the image coming out of an archive” mean that the subject tells that the image comes out of an archive?

She tells of the image coming out of an archive. Does this sentence mean that She speaks about this image that has been in an archive previously, or Does she tell us that the images comes from ...
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“What might have appalled us when we'd started our trip just a few days ago no longer impressed us much”

I came across this sentence from a book about a journalist: What might have appalled us when we'd started our trip just a few days ago no longer impressed us much. It is confusing for two ...
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The 1st time + he went (had gone?)

I wonder why the writer didn´t use the past perfect tense in these sentences. 1) The 1st time he went (had gone?) to the ocean was when he went to the Black Sea. 2) The 1st time a German ship was ...
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Is it wrong to use “Did you ever” in a sentence?

My German friend thinks that it is wrong to use "Did you ever" in the sentence "Did you ever fly a kite"? She is telling me it is wrong because you must use "Have" with "Ever", which would make the ...
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What does Continuum Companion stand for?

Could anybody please explain to me what Continuum Companion means in the following title? The Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics Thank you.
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Which do I need to use, 'who' or 'that' in this sentence?

I am writing something and I am confused as to which one of these below are correct: "I am often called as one of the society's masses, that/who enjoys helping people with their..." Also, should ...
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Is this type of ellipsis natural?

As far as I know, using ellipsis in the second part of the sentence is very common. However, using it in the first part of the sentence looks unusual, at least to me. Is it grammatically correct to ...
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should have + past participle (only to talk about things that didn't really happen in the past?)

i am aware of the usage of could, may, should have + past participle to mean something that was possible to happen but did not. But could it be used to mean something that one wasn't sure of doing ...
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Over vs during - difference in whether it lasts up to the present? [closed]

I have read the following: we use over when something last up to the present /or future/ and we use during for a definite period of time. So is this wrong? I worked in the company IBM over the ...
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deletion of the verb after a non-fixed-expression 'as … as' comparison

I think my concern will be best illustrated by an example: "Minors do not have as many rights as adults" I have always found myself questioning whether I need to add a "do" after or before ...
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“He must have overslept, mustn't he?” versus “… , hasn't he?” or “… , didn't he?” Which is correct?

Which question tag should follow He must have overslept ? He must have overslept, mustn't he ? or He must have overslept, hasn't he ? or even He must have overslept, didn't he ? What ...
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“Component for growth” or “Component of growth”? [closed]

"Gaining funding is a key component for growth" "Gaining funding is a key component of growth" Which is correct? If they are both fine, which is better? Thanks!
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Negative participle phrases

To negate a participle phrase we use not at the beginning of it, as in "Not having heard the news, he had no idea what was going on." Can we also use the negative particle in some other porition in ...
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“array with objects” or “array of objects”

I’m confused regarding the use of “with” and “of”. Should I use “array with objects” or “array of objects”? Why?
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Am I right to feel like there is something wrong with this sentence?

Cloning must be researched and funded, however, its human involvement must be limited to prevent a veritable onslaught of ethical and legal battles, and promote its potential health and societal ...
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It is correct to put 'But' before 'Despite of'?

I want to write: But despite of this....... Is putting two conjunctions together not necessary? Or would it be fine to have them both together right up close next to each other.
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What part of speech is “booed” in the following sentence? [duplicate]

I have a friend who says sentences like, "Santa Claus deserves booed". I would say, "Santa Claus deserves to be booed". Are we both correct? Leaving out the "to be" part of the sentence seems odd to ...
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Can a music band be referred to as an artist?

Is it correct to refer to a band as an artist such as 'My favourite artist is The Beatles'?
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Why does it matter what the subject is?

I see a lot of questions asking "what is the subject"? (This, for example.) Why does it matter, practically, what the subject is? How does knowing the subject give more information than just knowing ...
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“I was honored to have known him” grammar

Could someone explain to me the grammar of the second sentence below? Why is it to have known and not to know? He was one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. I was honored to have ...
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How to study for a dlab exam?

My question is about the Dlab exam I will provide a bit of background first, my own research and then ask my question at the end. Background I am aiming to enlist in the US Navy and my college ...
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present perfect or past simple

Never since Nietzsche has anyone undertaken such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. Never since Nietzsche did anyone undertake such a potent rehabilitation of Satan. What's the correct form?
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What's the Subject in: 'And up here in the corner is me'

If two people are looking at a photo, and one of them pointing out the different people says: And up here in the corner is me. ... what is the Subject of the sentence? The phrase up here in ...
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Is it necessary to use the comma in the following sentence? [closed]

Do I have to use the comma before the WHEN CLAUSE in the following sentence? "We were swimming in the lake, when suddenly a crocodile attacked us."
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He did not swindle his colleague's business although they have been enemies for years now

Is the sentence below grammatically correct? He did not swindle his colleague's business although they have been enemies for years now Is the use of 'did' acceptable, even though the sentence is ...
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Where to put “professionally”?

Which is correct: This call is being professionally answered by Company A. This call is professionally being answered by Company A. This call is being answered professionally by Company A. Both ...
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Right way of intoducing yourself in a presentation [closed]

I know that if someone is on the phone, they should say This is [] speaking instead of I am [] as it is a rule in English language. However, my question is that in the case of a formal presentation, ...
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Does this sentence use the word “myriad” correctly? [closed]

"Linezolid is an antibiotic with myriad uses worldwide, including treatment of pneumonia and skin infections."
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using “so” instead of “if” with the same meaning [closed]

If and so, are they really interchangeable? For example, in this sentence: If he played well he would win the match. Can we rewrite the sentence like this: He played well so he won the ...
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Use of words with similar meanings [closed]

Would it be correct to use the words "pain and lamentation" in the same sentence? Thanks in advance.
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Which form is correct? both windows jamb or both window jambs [closed]

both windows jamb needs to be exchange or both window jambs need to be exchanged?
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Superlatives and word order

I stumbled upon the sentence below on the Internet and felt confused: The Alchemist, a novel by Paulo Coelho, which is listed as one of the most read books by successful people says... Are really ...
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Deploy into my mobile device or deploy to my mobile device?

I'm worried that "deploy into" may be wrong, but for some reason it sounds more idiomatic to me than "deploy to", specifically in this sentence: I'm going to deploy my apk into mobile device. ...
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“impact” vs “impact on” in this case

The handouts did not seem to have any impact cortisol levels or the prevalence of depression among non-recipients. This sentence is from an article in The Economist, Oct 31st 2015 edition. I think ...
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of ...
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'I don't have both' - is this sentence correct grammatically? [duplicate]

'I don't have both' - is this sentence correct grammatically? If it is not then what is the correct way to say it? EDIT: Let's say Alice says 'I have an apple and a banana.' Now, Bob does not ...
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Use of AND or OR with the maximum of a list of things

Which is correct: I will pay you the maximum of $10 OR 10% of sales or I will pay you the maximum of $10 AND 10% of sales Thanks!
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Can I use “consistent with” in this way? If not, what can I use instead?

I want to write a sentence like Consistent with my previous experience, I am interested in pursuing research ~ blah blah. Here, I know that this sentence is grammatically incorrect and I cannot ...
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My mom told me I **WAS/AM** a good cook [duplicate]

I don't fully comprehend the use of past tense. Well, it is used when you are explaining something that occurs in the past but let's say if I say 1)It took me ages to notice that the guy WAS/IS from ...
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Is the subject “there” flawed?

This is a follow-up question to this one and I understand the difference between "there" and "here". I understand "there" functions differently from the adverb "here", but it leads to another ...
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I want to know how it's correct [closed]

WHICH FORM IS CORRECT: I just want to inform you, or I want just to inform you