Grammar

Having Fun with Dangling Participles

Dangling Participles are so much fun!

re: Having Fun with Dangling Participles

Read the following and see if you spot the problem

The robber ran from the policeman, still holding the money in his hands.
After being whipped fiercely, the cook boiled the egg.
Flitting gaily from flower to flower, the football player watched the bee.

Reading thos should help as you would would have noticed that even this sentence is flawed.

Now, what is this about things nothing making sense logicially?

Quote:

NOTE on “considering” and “focusing.” Difficulties frequently arise from the misuse of two common participles, “considering” and “focusing,” which often end up dangling. Consider this: “Considering the Assyrians’ brutal policies toward foreigners, their catastrophic fall in 612 BCE comes as no surprise.” What exactly is the writer of this sentence saying? “Considering” means literally “thinking about.” So, who is doing the “thinking” in this sentence? Because “fall” is the noun nearest “considering,” the sentence implies that the “fall” is doing the “thinking.” But that makes no sense. “Falls” can’t think; they just happen. Clearly the writer means to say that we (i.e. historians) are “considering.” Thus, the statement needs to be rephrased: “Considering the Assyrians’ brutal policies toward foreigners, we cannot be surprised by their catastrophic fall in 612 BCE.” Now, we are “thinking,” which is always good.

Hope that helps too!

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1 – What Is a Participle?
2 – What Is a Participial Phrase?
3 – Dangling Participles