Mollbarre wrote: ↑
Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:54 pm
I like grammar. Yet I make many mistakes too. For the life of me I can't remember what a dangling participle is.
A participle is an adjective formed from a verb. It "dangles" when it is not close to the noun it is intended to modify and can produce humorous results:
badly, the sailors abandoned the ship.
Correctly written: The sailors abandoned the badly leaking
While I'm on the subject, it drives me crazy to hear newscasters use participles instead of real verbs: "The FBI investigating the cause of the explosion." Do they not realize that is a fragment? Even Lester Holt is guilty! Maybe they think it sounds more active or immediate, but it's just plain wrong.