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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.