Dangling Participles Exercise (612)

Revise each sentence below to so that the introductory phrase correctly refers to the subject.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: This movie stays with the viewer long after leaving the theater.
Correct : This movie stays with viewers long after they have left the theater.

The original sentence implies that the movie continues to accompany the viewers after they leave the theater together; the revision clarifies that the viewers leave the theater but the movie does not.

2.
Original: Years past schedule and millions over budget, Hollywood eventually lost interest in "Roar" and the film was never released in North America.
Correct : When "Roar" went years past schedule and millions over budget, Hollywood eventually lost interest in the film and it was never released in North America.

Because the subject "Hollywood" immediately follows a vague reference to something behind schedule and over budget, the reader might assume that Hollywood suffers from those problems. But the film "Roar" is the troubled production, and for clarity, it must be named in the subordinate clause that begins this sentence.

3.
Original: As the largest global crowdfunding platform, campaigns have launched on Indiegogo from every country around the world.
Correct : As the largest global crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo has launched campaigns from every country around the world.

"Indiegogo," not "campaigns," is the word associated with "the largest global crowdfunding platform," so it is the word that should follow that phrase.

4.
Original: The only Christian among Saddam’s inner circle, Aziz’s religion rescued him from the hangman’s noose that was the fate of other members of the top regime leadership.
Correct : The only Christian among Saddam’s inner circle, Aziz was rescued from the hangman’s noose that was the fate of other members of the top regime leadership, thanks to his religion.

Aziz, rather than his religion, was the only Christian among Saddam’s inner circle, so the subject should be "Aziz," with the reference to his religion being the reason he was not executed located elsewhere in the sentence.

5.
Original: Cowering against the wall of the shed, the huge dog snarled at the terrified boy.
Correct : As the boy cowered against the wall of the shed, the huge dog snarled at him.

The boy, rather than the dog, is doing the cowering, so the wording of the introductory phrase should clearly state that.

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