Archive for the '<dangling participle>' Category

Matt and a Dangling Participle

June 12, 2006

Born on June 10, 2006, Matt Damon and his wife announced the arrival of their daughter, Isabella.

This sentence contains a dangling participle. The participial phrase is "Born on June 10, 2006" and the subject is "Matt Damon and his wife." A participial phrase at the beginning of a sentence should logically modify the subject. Matt and his wife were not born on June 10, 2006. Their daughter was, and the sentence should be structured such that the participial phrase modifies the correct word. Restructure the sentence to make the modifier describe Isabella.

Matt Damon and his wife announced the arrival of their daughter, Isabella, born on June 10, 2006.

Jodie, Eminem, and a Dangling Participle

May 16, 2006

Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania's graduation ceremonies, the audience was surprised and amused when Jodie Foster quoted the lyrics from "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

This sentence contains a dangling participle. Who was speaking? The subject in this sentence is "audience," but Jodie Foster was speaking. Correct the sentence by changing the subject.

Speaking at the University of Pennsylvania's graduation ceremonies, Jodie Foster surprised and amused the audience when she quoted the lyrics from "Lose Yourself" by Eminem.

Britney and a Dangling Participle

May 14, 2006

Confirming all the rumors, it was announced that Britney Spears is pregnant again.

This sentence is incorrect because it contains a dangling participle. Who was confirming the rumors? The subject of this sentence is "it," but "it" cannot confirm rumors. A person confirms rumors. Correct the sentence by changing the subject.

Confirming all the rumors, Britney Spears announced that she is pregnant again.