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Chapter 15. Correctness > 3.3.4 Dangling Modifiers

3.3.4 Dangling Modifiers

Verbal phrases often come at the beginning of sentences. When they do, they should refer clearly to the subject of the sentence.

Because writers so often use the passive voice in technical writing, subjects are often buried. As a result, verbal phrases dangle. The writer of sentence #4, for instance, does not specify who is manning the controls.


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