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Sentence Correction: Dangling Modifiers - Overview

Using simple technologies, the Nazca people of Peru created huge images ranging on complexity, the largest measuring 886 feet long.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Prepositions error by changing the idiomatic phrase ranging on to ranging in, it is grammatically incorrect. The original sentence begins with a modifier: Using simple technologies. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only noun that this modifier can logically modify is the Nazca people. However, what immediately follows the modifier is huge images and huge images cannot use simple technologies.

What helps us identify this question as a Dangling Modifier question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

A modifier, characterized by all of the following:
1. Verb+ing or Verb in 3rd form
2. Separated from the rest of the sentence by a comma
3. Appears at the very beginning of the sentence

Whenever you see this Stop Sign, focus on the modifier: check whether the noun right after the modifier is indeed the noun that the modifier describes. If it isn't - you've found your mistake.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The idiom ranging on complexity contains an incorrect preposition.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect and repeats the original Preposition error. The idiom ranging on complexity contains an incorrect preposition.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Preposition error, the wordy phrase that are in a range of complexities creates Redundancy.

Well done!

This answer choice corrects the original Preposition error by using the correct preposition in in the idiom ranging in complexity.

the Nazca people of Peru created huge images ranging on complexity, the largest measuring 886 feet long
the Nazca people of Peru created huge images that are in a range of complexities, the largest measuring 886 feet long
the Nazca people of Peru created huge images ranging with complexity, the largest measuring 886 feet long
the Nazca people of Peru created huge images ranging in complexity, the largest measuring 886 feet long
huge images ranging in complexity, the largest measuring 886 feet long, were created by the Nazca people of Peru