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Sentence Correction: Dangling Modifiers - Overview

Running for the bus, Jane's purse fell in the mud.

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While this answer choice corrects the original Dangling Modifier mistake, it is stylistically flawed. Replacing the single word in with the two-word phrase down into creates redundancy.

The question begins with a modifier: Running for the bus. 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+ing in it (Running).

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.

This modifier describes Jane, but is next to Jane's purse. This creates a Dangling Modifier mistake.

This answer choice repeats the original Dangling Modifier mistake.

The question begins with a modifier: Running for the bus. 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+ing in it (Running).

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.

This modifier describes Jane, but is next to Jane's purse. This creates a Dangling Modifier mistake.

In addition, this answer choice is stylistically flawed. Replacing the single word for with the four-word phrase in order to catch creates redundancy.

This answer choice repeats the original Dangling Modifier mistake.

The question begins with a modifier: Running for the bus. 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+ing in it (Running).

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.

This modifier describes Jane, but is next to Jane's purse. This creates a Dangling Modifier mistake.

In addition, this answer choice is stylistically flawed. Replacing the single word in with the two-word phrase down into creates redundancy.

Running for the bus, Jane's purse fell in the mud
Running in order to catch the bus, Jane's purse fell in the mud
Running for the bus, Jane dropped her purse down into the mud
Running for the bus, Jane's purse fell down into the mud
Running for the bus, Jane dropped her purse in the mud