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Sentence Correction: Dangling Modifiers - Overview

Originating from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx, the term halcyon days is a period during which prosperity, peace, and happiness flourish together.

This answer choice is illogical. The subject of the sentence is the term halcyon days, not actual halcyon days. The term cannot be a period during which prosperity, peace and happiness flourish together.

We cannot say that a word or term is something or other, but a word or term can refer to/define/describe something or other.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

The word/term... (it) is...

Whenever we see this Stop Sign, we know that the topic that the question checks is pronouns, specifically using refers to/defines/describes after the word/term (and not is).

This answer choice is illogical and repeats the original Pronoun error. The subject of the sentence is the term halcyon days, not actual halcyon days. The term cannot be a period during which prosperity, peace and happiness flourish together.

We cannot say that a word or term is something or other, but a word or term can refer to/define/describe something or other.

What helps us identify this mistake is the following Stop Sign:

The word/term... (it) is...

Whenever we see this Stop Sign, we know that the topic that the question checks is pronouns, specifically using refers to/defines/describes after the word/term (and not is).

Although this answer choice corrects the original Pronoun error by introducing the phrase is described by, it is grammatically incorrect. The original sentence begins with a modifier: Originating from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only noun that this modifier can logically modify is the term halcyon days. However, what immediately follows the modifier is a period during which...together.

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.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Pronoun error by introducing the phrase is described by, it is grammatically incorrect. The original sentence begins with a modifier: Originating from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx. A modifier should be placed right next to the noun it describes. The only noun that this modifier can logically modify is the term halcyon days. However, what immediately follows the modifier is the flourishing and flourishing cannot originate from a Greek myth.

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.

Impressive!

The subject of the sentence is the term halcyon days, not actual halcyon days. This answer choice corrects the original Pronoun error by introducing the phrase and refers to.

Originating from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx, the term halcyon days is a period during which prosperity, peace and happiness flourish together

Originating from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx, a period during which prosperity, peace, and happiness flourish together is described by the term halcyon days

The term halcyon days originates from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx, and is a period during which prosperity, peace, and happiness flourish together

The term halcyon days originates from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx and refers to a period during which prosperity, peace, and happiness flourish together

Originating from the Greek myth that recounts the dramatic tale of Alcyone and Ceyx, the flourishing together of prosperity, peace, and happiness is a period described by the term halcyon days