What's a easy way to correct a question with modifers without getting confused. Here's an example:


 She gussied up in her mirror, and shortly began practicing her speech for the interview. Stripping down her clothes, she went in the shower to take a long luxury bath. While scrubbing down her legs, she noticed a black rose imprinted on her ankle.

asked Feb 22 '13 at 19:49 Teshia New member

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Teshia, there are no problems related to modifiers, dangling or otherwise, in your text.  However, it has several other problems.


gussied up in her mirror: 'gussied up' is a great, but perhaps rather old-fashioned phrase, and should only be used in fictional texts or spoken English.  However, you need to change in her to in front of her.  The idea of someone doing anything in his/her mirror is impossible; no one who does not possess supernatural powers can do anything in/inside a mirror.  However, if you use a reflexive pronoun and change her mirror to the mirror, the meaning is clear and grammatical: She gussied herself up in the mirror


Stripping down her clothes: This phrase is unnatural.  You should change it to Stripping off her clothes, or Removing her clothes.  Some might argue that you need the preposition After in either phrase (After stripping... or After removing...).


she went in the shower: The prepositions in and into are similar but into shows movement more emphatically.  So I would suggest went into... instead.


luxury bath: it is much more natural to use the adjective form - luxurious bath.


scrubbing down her legs: scrub down is not a common phrasal verb: a quick Google search did not find any useful definitions apart from what the main verb scrub means.  I think it is a better idea to use the main verb scrub instead.

link comment answered Feb 23 '13 at 15:12 Shawn Mooney Expert

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