Dangling Modifiers

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Refusing to apologize, the door was slammed

See example:

Refusing to apologize, the door was slammed.
asked Jul 31 '12 at 10:58 John Peter New member

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A modifier gives more information about something in the sentence.  The subject of this sentence is the door, but it doesn't make sense to say the door refused to apologize.  Instead, you need the subject to match the modifying phrase.

 

Refusing to apologize, John slammed the door.

link answered Jul 31 '12 at 12:33 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

What a co-incidence, as I clicked on "Post your answer" I found the word 'John' in your answer as well.

Rahul GuptaJul 31 '12 at 12:40

I am up-voting you both, ma'am. Thanks on his behalf.

sanjayJul 31 '12 at 13:08

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Daglling modifiers can be correctd by adding a noun phrase that the modifier can describe.

 

At the same time it can be corrected by making the modifier a part of dependent clause.

 

In your case, you can avoid it by writing the sentence in active voice:

Refusing to apologize, John slammed the door.

link answered Jul 31 '12 at 12:38 Rahul Gupta Expert

I am up-voting you, sir. Thanks on his behalf.

sanjayJul 31 '12 at 13:09

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