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Now, for the members of the Sin and Syntax list who rose to the challenge…

The runner-up comes from Peter Kingsley, who sent in what he called a “mangled prepositional phrase”:

"He leaped upon his horse and rode off in all directions."

Peter’s right—the phrase doesn’t technically dangle, but it sure conjures chaos. Buy Retin-A Without Prescription, The phrase “in all directions” makes it seem as if the front legs of the horse went north, the back legs south, the head east, and the rider—well the rider must have been really torn. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist a double entendre.) For his effort, I want to send Peter a copy of Better Than Great: A Plenitudinous Compendium of Wallopingly Fresh Superlatives by my fellow lexophile Arthur Plotnik. (Forget “awesome” and “amazing,” says the jacket copy. Here are almost 6,000 alternatives to those stale adjectives.)

David Kornelis is the winner. He posted his example in the Comments of my Opinionator essay after he sent it to me:

"This is a Hybrid Multi-channel SACD, which plays on any CD player. However, when played on an SACD player, the listener will hear the exceptional audio resolution that only a DSD recording can provide."

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David will receive a copy of 642 Things to Write About, created by members of the San Francisco Writers Grotto and published by Chronicle Books.

Look for a different kind of book giveaway for subscribers soon, and in the meantime, feel free to add more danglers in the comments below. Also, give me your opinion: should writers worry about this kind of syntactical mistake.


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  1. Karyn Toso June 1, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    “Leash dogs to protect water FOUL”?
    Fowl do foul the water, (as do dogs!) but I didn’t know that foul water is something we want to protect!

  2. Ricki Wilson June 1, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    After perusing your post, these syntactical errors should definitely be avoided.

    (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.)

  3. Constance Hale June 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    A reader just emailed me with this bit of information about Peter Kingsley’s prepositional phrase: “It’s from a from a short piece by the Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock,” she writes, including the whole sentence: “Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.”

  4. Pen June 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I don’t get it.

    “This is a Hybrid Multi-channel SACD, which plays on any CD player. However, when played on an SACD player, the listener will hear the exceptional audio resolution that only a DSD recording can provide.”

    I can envision a “Hybrid Multi-channel SACD” playing – jumping rope, perhaps – on top of a CD player, but since “play” is ubiquitously understood to be how a piece of audio equipment handles a music source, I think to try to make this construction out to be some obscure error is – well – how can I put this…silly?

    lol…So, teach me something (anyone)! What am I missing? I’m sure I’ll feel like a dope once it’s pointed out to me, but I really don’t “see it.”

    • Baker Vinci July 11, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      My retina is sitting on the edge of it’s seat waiting on an answer.

      • Connie Hale July 11, 2018 at 2:22 pm #


  5. bherrick June 2, 2012 at 4:42 am #

    I don’t get it either. Let’s have an explanation.

  6. Constance Hale June 2, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Hint: What does “when played” modify? The listener! Ouch–poor listener.

    “Played” is the dangling participle.

  7. Pen June 2, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    Ahhhh….thanks! I don’t think I was taught (or did not grasp?) the parts of speech well, so I was relying on my “ear” to hear it. In this particular example, the representative “antecedent” (which is in another sentence!) seems to remain too close in memory to be missed, thus the meaning did not seem disturbed to me. (So, I did a refresher on dangling participles, and now I’m definitely smarter!)

  8. janet miller June 12, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Headline in the Oakville Beaver (Ontario, Canada) years ago…

    “Woman hit by car thrown across road.”

  9. george June 13, 2012 at 5:04 am #

    Off topic, but while we’re on the subject of unfortunate headlines, from a newspaper in rural Kentucky:

    Students practice bus evacuation

    (I’ll take the train)

  10. Connie Hale June 22, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Dane Golden, an SF Writers Grotto colleague, sent me this link to a hilarious dangler from the Gap, in this Tweet: “It feels to me like @Gap wants me to wear my jeans inside out in cold water after washing them first. No?

  11. charles patty June 26, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    Last week was delivered two letters late from the social security administrations. One local , the other from Philadelphia trumpeted recent changes for my wife in a nursing environment, The documentation was sorely neede to keep body and soul together, so one sentence stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb; ” . . . Unearned income is all income that is not earned income. . . .”

  12. EvelynU June 26, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    The one I always remember from Freshman Comp is “Flying around the room, I saw bats.”

  13. marion wrye June 28, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    I love dangling modifiers. Most of these were very funny. Here are a couple more:

    1. Sputtering above the treetops, I knew the helicopter was in trouble.

    2. Check out that guy with the huge pants about a block behind.

  14. Bob Skye July 1, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

    A student in my NYU writing workshop was describing a fictional character’s remark after smooching with his girlfriend in a church:
    “Roland loved it when she kissed him in strange places.”

    I’d run out of the room laughing aloud, and since that morning had been person non grata in the room.

  15. Bob Skye July 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    I hung my own in my comment. I did not smooch with his girlfriend.

  16. Constance Hale July 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Keep these coming, readers! I am loving them.

  17. Bob Skye July 9, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    John fails his grammar test:

    John, where Mary had had ‘had had,’ had had ‘had;’ ‘had had’ had been the right answer.

    Never let a Bostonian read this sentence aloud!

  18. Connie Hale July 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Bob, that answer to a riddle doesn’t have anything to do with dangling participles, but it is a favorite of mine when it comes to talking about punctuation, not to mention auxiliary verbs and the past perfect tense. I use a different second clause, though (“‘had had’ had had the teacher’s approval”).

    In fact, I held a contest a couple of years ago challenging folks to figure out the right punctuation:

  19. Bob Skye July 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm #

    “Fire Chief Grilled Over Four Alarm Blaze…
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    And, when the Detroit Free Press first merged with the Detroit News, they ran a banner (really) that read:
    Detroit News-Free Press. Google it!

  20. Carol Achterkirchen July 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    As a community college freshman comp instructor, I am still required to teach this sentence fault, and I do — by making fun of writers who don’t know how to avoid it. Writers who don’t want to be in this position should absolutely worry about dangling and misplacing their modifiers; however, I admit I would miss the fun if everyone suddenly knew how to avoid this fault.

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  23. annie December 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    Pen, you’re not confused. You correctly inferred when (it is) played as an equally valid and contextually more likely alternative to when (he/she is) played. Had the sentence been taken out of context, thus the ‘it’ possibility removed, it could have been an amusing example. Only it wasn’t.

    sure, the refrigerator sentence had me blowing ginger ale out my nose. but half of these examples aren’t actually dangling modifiers at all. and ‘Leash dogs’ is a bloody imperative sentence. and while the author of a book on verbs could unquestionably get away with chuckling over the idea of people running about leashing other people’s dogs in effort to protect water foul…..

  24. Constance Hale January 3, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Annie (and anyone else reading):
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