RE: Dangling Modifiers

Subject: RE: Dangling Modifiers
From: Bill Burns <bill_burns -at- lionbridge -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 09:38:51 -0700

Hi, Ellen.

> Every time our VP edits my docs (we are a small company, I take whatever
> edits I can get!) he marks up dangling modifiers. My thought on the
> subject,
> which we disucss every time, is that it makes for awkward sentence
> constructions that do not mirror the way people talk. This in turn makes
> the
> documentation hard to read, as you have to stop and think through the
> sentence.
If the examples are actually dangling modifiers, you should eliminate them.
However, it's possible that your VP is overgeneralizing a rule and
identifying legitimate subordinate clauses for dangling modifiers. Could you
provide some examples?

Bill Burns
Technical Communications Manager
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.
12585 W. Explorer Dr., Suite 150
Boise, ID 83713
Phone: 208.321.4406
FAX: 208.321.4490
E-mail: bill_burns -at- lionbridge -dot- com

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