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What on Earth Is a Dangling Participle Anyway?

What on Earth Is a Dangling Participle Anyway?

Some people remember that their teachers told them a dangling participle is a bad thing. But that’s all they remember! It’s hard to avoid dangling participles unless you know exactly what they are. First, a (present) participle is a verb form ending in -ing. Dancing, laughing, eating, drinking, sleeping, dreaming, and so on! (You can also(…)

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False Friends. The Enormity of the Problem.

False Friends. The Enormity of the Problem.

Maria was spending a semester in Washington with her husband. The newly married Spanish couple had decided that they could greatly improve their career prospects if they improved their English. They arrived in Washington and registered for language classes and settled happily in an apartment in the pleasant Foggy Bottom area. One day Maria asked(…)

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