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Sentence Correction: Dangling Modifiers - Overview

Covered with snow, John could not enter his car.

This question begins with the modifier Covered with snow. We can tell it's a modifier as it appears at the beginning of the sentence, is separated from the rest of the sentence with a comma, and there is a verb in the 3rd form in it (covered).

A modifier is a Stop Sign. If we encounter a modifier in a Sentence Correction question, this is what we should focus on. We have to make sure that the modifier is placed right next to the noun it describes.

The modifier describes the car, but is far from it. This creates a Dangling Modifier mistake.

While this answer choice corrects the original Dangling Modifier mistake, it also changes the original meaning: in the original sentence, John is the one who could not enter, not the car.

This answer choice repeats the original Dangling Modifier mistake.

It begins with the modifier Covered with snow. We can tell it's a modifier as it appears at the beginning of the sentence, is separated from the rest of the sentence with a comma, and there is a verb in the 3rd form in it (covered).

A modifier is a Stop Sign. If we encounter a modifier in a Sentence Correction question, this is what we should focus on. We have to make sure that the modifier is placed right next to the noun it describes. The modifier describes the car but is far from it.

In addition, this answer choice is stylistically flawed - redundant, as it replaces the single word enter with the two-word phrase get into.

Correct!

While this answer choice corrects the original Dangling Modifier mistake, it is stylistically flawed - redundant. Since there's an answer choice that corrects the original mistake and is more concise, it is better than this one.

Covered with snow, John could not enter his car
Covered with snow, John's car could not enter
Covered with snow, John could not get into his car
Covered with snow, John's car could not be entered
John could not enter his car because it is covered with snow.