RE: Dangling Modifiers

Subject: RE: Dangling Modifiers
From: "Dana Worley" <dana -at- campbellsci -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 09:27:32 -0700

Referring to preposition use, Ellen said:

> which we disucss every time, is that it makes for awkward sentence
> constructions that do not mirror the way people talk.

and she further presented the example:

> "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)

I am afraid I would have to vote for the correct usage. And, I don't
think the argument that "it's not the way people talk", can be used.
Actually, I usually phrase my sentences so that they mirror correct
grammar, especially when I am conducting training courses or
having a more formal conversation (in casual talk I'm not as
militant...). I think it comes from years of writing correctly. It has
become the mode "in which the old brain thinks". :)

Dana W.

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