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Dangling modifier suspected

Is the following sentence correct? After entering 2020, the disease wreaked havoc around the world. I think that "after entering 2020" could be a dangling modifier here as the disease ...
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one would expect the doctor to retire

After spending so many years working in hospitals, one would expect the doctor to have retired. After spending so many years working in hospitals, one would expect the doctor to retire. Q1) Do they ...
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A dangling participle in The Economist?

This paragraph is published in The Economist, Jun 6th 2020 edition as "Have Siberian fires been smouldering underground all winter?" The part of Nestled... in the highlighted sentence looks ...
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Dangling modifiers in sentences involving “Looking back”

Is there a dangling modifier in each of the following sentences? "Looking back, not learning cycling at an early age is my biggest regret." "Looking back, my biggest regret is not ...
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What was your main problem, when/in performing the analysis? [dangler]

(1) What was your main problem, when performing the analysis? (2) What was your main problem, in performing the analysis? "When performing the analysis" in (1) is a dangler. "In ...
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Dangling modifier-like construction

In Simon Reid-Henry's recent "Empire of democracy", which is marvellous but poorly proofread, I found the following sentence: As one of its main sponsors, the Good Friday Agreement also provided ...
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verb-ing modifier trouble

I'm unexplainably confused about this topic. What does the following verb-ing clause modify? (noun) researchers or (action) have sent? How do we decide that? --> very important for me Is there any ...
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Dangling modifier or gerund

Is the 'dangling modifier' concept always associated with Adverbial participles? Is it not applicable to Gerunds? Consider the following sentence, please: You waste most of your time doing ...
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Dangling or not

"We've been invited to Rachel and Jamie's wedding - speaking of which, did you know that they're moving to Ealing?" An example from Cambridge Dictionary. Is the present participle 'speaking' a ...
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Are all introductory phrases dangling participles if the subject is not directly after them?

Not sure if I'm phrasing this right, but I will try (I hope it's not a dumb question). If you're being strict with grammar, everything can be a dangling participle if there's no subject directly after ...
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Dangling modifier and the order of the modifier and the referent

Somewhere else on SE I came across the phrase "As an engineering prof, let me try to guess..." that felt like it had a dangling modifier. I suggested an edit, moving "let me" to the beginning of the ...
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Are all “Dangling Participles” wrong?

I solved a grammar exam recently, and one question got me wondering. The answer key says that Stepping inside the church, the large columns supporting the ceiling immediately catch your eye. is ...
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Is this sentence a dangling participle or a missing modifier?

My father's grandfather and his brother fought at the battle of Vimy Ridge. My first question looking at this sentence is, "Whose brother? Your Dad's, or his Grandpa's?" There's some confusion over ...
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a dangling participle [duplicate]

a dangling participle The sentence below is from IT by Stephen King. Here, ganged around a bus stop with a sign reading KENMORE SQUARE CITY CENTER, he sees waitresses, nurses, city employees, ...
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Does this sentence begin with a dangling participle?

Is this a dangling participle? If so, is there a way to fix the first clause to eliminate the dangling participle? Should I add the word “When”? Or is it okay as is? Confronted with failure on a ...
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'Starting' in March [participle or preposition]

Starting in March, people will also finally be able to buy the Exodus phone with cash and not just cryptocurrency. Is 'starting' here a participle form of a verb or a preposition? If it's a ...
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Is “before defining the derivative” a dangling participle in this sentence?

Someone reviewing an article of mine claims that this sentence begins with a dangling participle. Is that true? Is the meaning of the sentence ambiguous? Before defining the derivative, it is ...
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Problems of Use of Participle in Academic Writing: “When considering” VS “When considered”

I have questions about the participle phrase in academic writing which are related to the dangling modifiers of 3 cases. Could you explain me more the appropriate use of sentences with the participle ...
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Dangling preposition? [closed]

Ok so I was watching an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, where one of the characters made a grammar error on purpose. He said: "Some things might come easier to you when you stop being such a ...
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Do the following sentences involving “As a ____” contain dangling modifiers?

I've seen sentences along the lines of the following written quite frequently, but I'm unsure whether they would be classified as dangling modifiers, considering the noun which the modifier refers to ...
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Dangling present participle

The following sentence sounds normal, but I would like to ask if it has a correct structure or is it dangling participle because the subject of the main clause is "the doctor" whereas that of ...
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by remaining calm- a dangling participle? [duplicate]

I am wondering whether "remaining" is a dangling participle in the following: By remaining calm, a solution is usually possible. I'd appreciate your help.
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Is “moving forward” at the end of a sentence grammatical?

News media talking heads come up with new buzzwords and phrases over time. One such phrase that has been widely used of late (specifically at the end of a sentence), is: moving forward. For example: ...
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On the throne, they worshipped their king

On the throne, they worshipped their king. On horseback, they cheered him. On his deathbed, they prayed for him. In his grave, they wept for him. And then, when they learned about the crimes he had ...
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dangling participles principle correction

How can I correct the following sentence with dangling participles principle? Writing carefully, dangling participles should be avoided Is the following correction is acceptable: Writing ...
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Participle Attachment

In the following sentence what word does the participle phrase "leaving it damp, wrinkled and only a little less discolored." attach to. Is its use correct? Is there a special category of participles ...
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Grammatical error in the following

I posted a comment to the Is "should" appropriate for polite requests? and it was spotted by @FumbleFingers saying that it had a grammatical error. I wonder if someone can elaborate as to ...
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“There are no injuries” opposed to “There are not any injuries”

There has been an argument over whether one or both of these is correct and as well, which one is correct and technical, proper English. "There are no injuries" and "There are not any injuries".
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Verbal noun after a passive construction - dangling or not?

Is this sentence correct (in a mathematical text): "This formula is established by observing that A+B=C" ? My feeling is that everything is OK because there IS identity of subjects: the reader who ...
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Sentence from Science magazine: Does it contain a dangling participle?

The following line is from an article in the June 2015 issue of Science magazine. Readers of Sacks know he is no stranger to writing about himself, having previously written several books ...
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Dangling or no?

Here is a sentence, slightly modified to be generic, for an award. My supervisor insists that the sentence is incorrectly written, although I cannot spot the error. ...the person was located and ...
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Dangling participles and more

I'm writing a paper and I have two questions about the sentence below. The mineral derangements, represented by A and B, in the patients at the chronic phase after transplantation were strongly ...
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Is this a dangling participle? “To use the computer, it need to be powered.” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? To use the computer, it need to be powered.
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“Considering …, the middle-out approach” Is this a dangling modifier? [closed]

I am writing my thesis and I have the following sentence: [Considering its empirical complements together with the complexity, extensiveness and dynamics of the city logistic system,] the middle-...
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Is this sentence dangled or not?

When traveling by sea, knowing your exact location can mean the difference between life and death. This is one of the sentences written in Korean high school English textbook. I spent some years in ...
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What is wrong with this sentence? A dangling participle? A missed modifier? HELP! [closed]

This sentence has me stumped. I know there's something wrong with it but I can't put my finger on it. The sentence is: Because artificial sweeteners are more addictive than regular sugar, people ...
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easier, more easily, or easy [duplicate]

I'm a programmer and I'm combing through some code and entering comments to help other developers. I wrote the following sentence and got confused by the (possibly) dangling verb. I've spared you the ...
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about participles

In a book I found these sentences: Solve the assignments using what you have learned. Tom showed up wearing a suit. I can understand the meaning. But I do not know why using and wearing are used ...
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Is this an example of a dangling modifier?

Dangling modifiers occur when it is unclear to which word a descriptive part of sentence applies. A classic example would be "She left the room fuming" -- is it "she" or the room that's fuming? But ...
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Is this a dangling participle?

Exploring the significant characters, consider their strengths and weaknesses. Is this a dangling participle? Currently, my two English teachers disagree. One says that the subject is implied and ...
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Are these dangling participial phrases?

I've been spotting what seems to me misplaced modifiers in professional writing, so I would love to get some tips on the following examples: He'd sit until the last moment, watching them draw ...
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Dangling Participle? Confusing parenthetical commas? Incomplete sentence?

In this excerpt, is the second sentence grammatically correct? The painting, Woman In Red Hat, was inspired by her son's art selections while on a trip to Vancouver together. Which particular ...
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Is “aware of” used correctly in this sentence?

Is there a better way to write the following sentence: After you called me at home – angry about a request I did not make, nor was aware of – I cried in front of my family. Second, is of a ...