Instructional Materials for Craig White's Literature Courses

Dangling Modifier

(materials adapted from several websites)

A dangling modifier is an error in sentence structure whereby a grammatical modifier is associated with a word other than the one intended.

Examples:

Turning the corner, a handsome school building appeared.

At the age of eight, my family finally bought a dog

After years of being lost under a pile of dust, the old scholar found the old records of the town fathers.

One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know.   Groucho Marx

As a former university admissions recruiter and a Mexican-American who is a first generation college graduate, the emphasis on education in the Hispanic culture is of certain interest to me.

 

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