dangling modifier

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what  is the correct danling modifier sentence 

 this is it: Foaming at the mouth,the dog warden had the stray put to sleep

asked Jul 12 '13 at 23:40 prettisha New member

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There is no such thing as a correct dangling modifier. A dangling modifier is a word or clause that is constructed wrong, giving the wrong idea about what you want to say. In your sentence, you have told us that the dog warden was foaming at the mouth. Of course, your intention is to tell us that the dog was foaming at the mouth. You have to make "foaming at the mouth" modify the dog instead of the warden. Here is one way:

The dog warden had the stray put to sleep because it was foaming at the mouth.

link answered Jul 13 '13 at 00:45 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

I agree. Another way would be: Foaming at the mouth, the dog was quickly restrained by the dog warden. [Quite often with this kind of fix, we end up with passive voice, which isn't always a great choice!]

E BerrimanJul 13 '13 at 16:52

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The dangling modifier is "Foaming at the mouth" but it is modifying warden. It is incorrect.

link comment answered Jul 13 '13 at 09:59 Laura New member
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This could be a misplaced, rather than a dangling, modifier because the word modified is in the sentence.  Usually with dangling modifiers, you must ADD an omitted word to the sentence.  You could say "The dog warden had the stray, foaming at the mouth, put to sleep,"  matching the phrase to the proper word modified.  Still, this is a poor construction.  You would do better simply to reconstruct the sentence---Because the stray was foaming at the mouth, the dog warden had it put to sleep."

link comment answered Jul 13 '13 at 12:03 Susan Phelps New member

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