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Sentence Correction: Dangling Modifiers - Overview

The most outstanding poet of the Beat generation, Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" was to the 1960s counterculture what T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" was to high modernism.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The beginning of the sentence refers to a poet (The most outstanding poet of the Beat generation) and should therefore modify Allen Ginsburg and not Allen Ginsburg's "Howl".

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Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the Dangling Modifier mistake in the original question, it is grammatically incorrect. The correct idiom for expressing the analogy is:  X is to Y what A is to B , but this sentence incorrectly replaces what with just as.

Incorrect.

While this answer choice corrects the Dangling Modifier mistake in the original question, it is grammatically incorrect. The correct idiom for expressing the analogy is:  X is to Y what A is to B , but this sentence incorrectly replaces what with similar to.

Well done!

This answer choice corrects the Dangling Modifier mistake in the original question, by placing the poet Allen Ginsburg directly after the modifier The most outstanding poet of the Beat generation. It also makes correct use of the construction X is to Y what A is to B to express the analogy.

Incorrect.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The beginning of the sentence refers to a poet (The most outstanding poet of the Beat generation) and should therefore modify Allen Ginsburg and not Allen Ginsburg's "Howl".

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Moreover, the correct idiom for expressing the analogy is:  X is to Y what A is to B , but this sentence incorrectly replaces what with like.

Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" was to the 1960s counterculture what
Allen Ginsburg penned "Howl" that was to the 1960s counterculture just as
Allen Ginsburg penned "Howl" that was to the 1960s counterculture similar to
Allen Ginsburg penned "Howl" that was to the 1960s counterculture what
Allen Ginsburg's "Howl" was to the 1960s counterculture like