Dangling Modifiers Exercise (470)

Revise each sentence so that the subject of the sentence is unambiguously performing the action described.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Known for his epic tales about man in nature, this short story doesn’t disappoint.
Correct : Known for his epic tales about man in nature, the author doesn’t disappoint with this short story.

The original sentence erroneously identifies the short story as the entity known for his short stories. In this revision and in the others below, the error is corrected by introducing the actor, the true subject of the sentence, immediately after the end of the introductory modifying phrase.

2.
Original: Seeing the gun, her legs couldn’t move, although her mind screamed at her to run.
Correct : Seeing the gun, she couldn’t move her legs, although her mind screamed at her to run.

The original wording gives the impression that her legs saw the gun.

3.
Original: As our research analyst, we will give you access to our database.
Correct : As our research analyst, you will have access to our database.

In the original sentence, "we" is mistakenly implied to be the research analyst.

4.
Original: Having interviewed her twice, she’s a wonderful lady and one of the best singers ever.
Correct : Having interviewed her twice, I can tell you that she’s a wonderful lady and one of the best singers ever.

According to the original wording, "she" has interviewed herself twice.

5.
Original: Running down the stairs, a dimly lit corridor stretched before him.
Correct : Running down the stairs, he saw a dimly lit corridor stretching before him.

The original sentence suggests that the dimly lit corridor ran down the stairs.

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