Re: Dangling Modifiers

Subject: Re: Dangling Modifiers
From: "Michael Feimster" <feim68 -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 12:35:05 -0500

Ellen 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
>> (again, a bit awkward)

Dana replied:
>> I am afraid I would have to vote for the correct usage.

>>You may end a sentence with a preposition. Just do not use extra
prepositions when the meaning is clear without them.

You may end a sentence with a preposition. Therefore, it is incorrect to
label the example above as "correct" or "incorrect."

James Kirkpatrick once wrote that the "rule" is a fallacy that dates back to
when all important writing was in Latin. In Latin, it is impossible to end a
sentence in a preposition. Therefore, when the Latin version was translated
to English, the sentences did not end in a preposition.

Mike Feimster

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