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Subject:Subtly bad sentence construction From:Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Fri, 29 May 2015 13:58:48 -0500 (CDT)
I am so deep in engineering culture, this sentence almost slipped by
me. (I mean, I am used to engineers torturing their sentences however
they can in order to avoid using "you.")
"When viewing a test result, changing the ratio for the transducer does
not update the velocity trace."
Error: Dangling participle with omitted subject, so that the gerund
becomes the closest thing to a subject. And no, Mr. or Ms. Changing The
Ratio does not view test results.
Do you agree?
I'm getting so jaded, I had to give myself a push . . .
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