RE: Dangling Modifiers

Subject: RE: Dangling Modifiers
From: Ellen Kelly <EllenK -at- mentergy -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 12:05:57 -0500

Bill said:
<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?>

No, I'd say they are all pretty direct violations of the rule - examples:

"Your home page opens, displaying the courses you are teaching and the
courses your are registered for."
CORRECT: Your home page opens, displaying the courses you are teaching and
for which you are registered." (okay, would need to re-work this one)

"Each class has an Agenda that you can add course materials to."
CORRECT: Each class has an Agenda to which you can add course materials."
(awkward)

"Find the course that you want to add an assistant instructor to."
CORRECT: Find the course to which you want to add an assistant instructor.
(again, a bit awkward)

Anyway, maybe I have just been working as a team of "1" for too long and
need someone to call me to task on these issues. I used to be an absolute
grammar-hound when I worked with a bunch of writers and we all edited each
other's drafts. I miss those days. :(

-Ellen






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