I wouldn't encourage you to walk into a biker bar and tell the bouncer he has a dangling participle
Examples abound: from dangling participles
, "Remaining in control, her accounts of these episodes ..." (28) to other irritating lapses: "much less studied in than in the revolutionary decade" (111); "to emphasis a spiritual transformation" (124); "Jane made use of on standard biblical imagery" (126).
Still, the copy editors' online diatribes have extended beyond the rim to grammar geeks, writers and English teachers, who fill the comments sections with polite but passionate debate on dangling participles
and prepositional endings.
There'd be dangling participles
, deconstructed paradigms and theoretical pedagogy splattered on the walls before you knew it.
In detailing the battle, Einsohn wrangles with subject-verb agreement, the subjunctive mood, dangling participles
, and other bugaboos.
The volume abounds with dangling participles
, solecisms, weird locutions, and other lapses from correct and idiomatic Anglophone usage.
If you haven't thought about gerunds, dangling participles
, and subjunctives since high school, remain calm; the book's glossary provides clear definitions of these terms.
I am not talking here of problems owing to opaque jargon or theory-driven flummery, but of elementary matters like agreement of subject and predicate, the proper use of definite and indefinite articles, the function of tenses, the avoidance of dangling participles
and ambiguous antecedents, the meaning of apostrophe marks, etc.--a basic facility with the language that should reflect the skills mastere d in a good junior-high or (given the present state of public education) high-school composition class.
Armed with Warriner's English Grammar and Composition, I stood at the front of the classroom explaining the error of using dangling participles
. The fact that no one seemed to be listening had no effect on me.
When grammarians dangled their rules, many of us got splitting headaches from worry about dangling participles
and split infinitives.
The very first sentence of the very first paragraph mentions misplaced modifiers, dangling participles
, run-on sentences, and comma splices without defining any of these terms.