As I mentioned in my hub, normally speech isn't corrected in direct quotation. >> Frank kicked his screaming fans a field goal. Ann Carr from SW England on December 05, 2013: Yes it's interesting that there are words in America which either don't exist here or that have totally different meanings - can be embarrassing! Replace prepositional phrases with adverbs (similar to #2) Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 06, 2013: I found the comments on double negatives interesting. I see a lot of these and am thinking about doing a hub on that also. Add a noun and any desired modifiers to serve as the preposition's object. From my point it is hard to tell whether it is a double negative, but I would say that it is a 'contradiction'. Dangling Modifiers. A dangling modifier is a word or phrase (often a participle or participial phrase) that doesn't actually modify the word it's intended to modify. If the dangling preposition doesn’t have an object, we also have … Thanks for sharing. in the same sentence. The prepositions in the above sentence are "to" and "of.". Somewhere along the way I never developed a good grasp on the rules of grammar. If the vernacular is excessive, however, the reader may have a difficult time following the story. It's been said that prepositions often deal with space and time (1), which always makes me think of “Star Trek.” For example, the prepositions “above,” “by,” and “over” all say something about a position in space: Although speech is the language and language is alive, ever changing, good writing follows certain rules and has more permanency than speech.The written word can serve as a reference tool. A preposition is completed by an object (noun or pronoun) and any modifiers to the noun. In some cases, a dangling modifier refers to a word that doesn't even appear in the sentence. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on January 06, 2014: That IS silly, Evan. I hope those who didn't have straight A's take the time to read it and find it helpful as well. Incorrect. This is but one strategy we use. Proper Noun: Definition, Rules And Examples Of Proper Nouns - 7 E S L. There are various types of nouns within the English language, and one such type is the proper noun. Jackie and Examiner, I guess we've found one of our pet peeves with language. >> She brought me a box. No." Here are a few more strategies that we use: 1. "I ain't got nothin'." To Dangle or Not to Dangle: On Ending a Sentence with a Preposition By Susan Doose. Add an object and move the preposition to a different place in the sentence. I have always believed that education helps bring us together. And we always try to change nominalizations into active verbs, as a general rule of practice. This was a very good Hub. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 05, 2013: Hi, Examiner, and how about those double negatives? Ex: A number of people >> Some people. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 06, 2013: Except every teacher it came up with claimed I was wrong and that it was a double negative when I knew better! I was taught, in other words, not to dangle my prepositions—maybe you were, too. Here are two examples of sentences ending in a dangling preposition that appeared in a professional article, along with examples of how the sentences might be corrected. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 03, 2013: Thank you, Jackie. It's certainly not the best English because less implies a comparison. I know it is still incorrect, but it was still funny to me and this reminded me of it! From the University of Texas website: “Prepositions cannot come at the end of a sentence or clause. Rewriting sentences with dangling prepositions In order to rewrite sentences to avoid dangling prepositions, we have to move the preposition to an earlier part of the sentence before its object. Misusing prepositions is an easy problem to fix. Find a confidant who has survived the same setback as you. Regarding the contract, you should not sign before reading it. The examples used to show how to avoid using dangling prepositions, instead, prove my point. Want to improve your English in five minutes a day? They leave the reader hanging and asking who?, what?, where?, when? Find a confidant who has survived the same setback you are suffering through. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 01, 2013: The English language is rapidly eroding, Ms. Dora. Another practice which rather irks me are misplaced gerund modifiers. Bless you both. "Before" and "except" are prepositions introducing the sentences. I like to take sentences apart mentally to see how the different words are functioning in context. Marie studied at Michigan State University four years in English (creative writing). Kindness and compassion, however, are the keys to true happiness, whatever one's language may be. Phrasal prepositions are the most complex type of preposition. Compound prepositions are two prepositions combined. Without the split prepositional phrase, the form a "perfectionist" — who believes that good grammar forbids this construction in every case — would prefer is: I have read a few grammar books - since I d0 not remember much from school - but I still have not memorized everything about grammar. ), Prepositional phrases (preposition+article+noun) provide context, but they’re not always necessary. As with any writing strategy, it may not be appropriate in every case. Thank you for underscoring the right usage; it also makes for better reading. Ex: I’ll build a house for you >> I’ll build you a house, 3. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on January 09, 2014: I think I enjoyed grammar because I have an analytical mind. Such construction can provide a transition for a new paragraph. Dangling prepositions are not grammatically wrong, but they are certainly stylistically taboo. She writes content, poetry, and stories. Thank you very much! You may have learned that ending a sentence with a preposition is a serious breach of grammatical etiquette. I know it’ll give my writing a different slant. How do you identify a dangling modifier in a sentence? A dangling modifier has no concrete or logical referent in the sentence to which it can attach itself and therefore is … Phrases made of two or more words can function as prepositions. When correcting a dangling preposition, you can sometimes just delete the preposition, add an object (perhaps with modifiers), add an object and move the preposition's phrase to somewhere else in the sentence, such as the beginning to serve as a transition, or reword the sentence so no preposition is required. Anyhow, the point is well taken. It is unclear if the handbag belongs to a cream woman or if the handbag is cream. I was on my way to work and noticed a woman’s cream handbag in the gutter. Great post Mark, I have to admit it took me a while to get over some of the prepositions I used as a crutch but there are sometimes I tend to forget. Having injured his dominant hand, it … In each correction, the simplest expression appears followed by one that more closely uses the words of the original. I have been trying to change this, and your column is wonderful! Writers and editors aid clarity and conciseness by uncovering nominalizations, otherwise known as buried, or smothered, verbs. I will probably need to refer back to this hub again in the future. The main problem with the dangling modifier is that the sentence subject doesn’t exist. Precise Edit: I agree that audience and context are paramount and we’re in the realms of style rather than grammar, but even so, in most of your examples, I prefer the first. It is also called a dangling participle, hanging modifier, floater, floating modifier, or misrelated participle. Written Quote: "I have no idea where I'm going to.". For example, “She was disturbed by the violent images in the movie” gains more impact (and loses a preposition) by reversing the sentence’s subject and object: “She was disturbed by the movie’s violent images.” (Combine this strategy with a shift from passive voice to active voice, and you jettison two prepositions and further strengthen the statement: “The movie’s violent images disturbed her.”), Another use of this technique is to revise a phrase including a reference to a location within a location, as in “the Museum of Modern Art in New York City,” which can be more actively and efficiently rendered as “New York City’s Museum of Modern Art.”. You'll also get three bonus ebooks completely free. Sitting on the park bench, I watched the sun disappear behind the clouds. So much on the internet, however, seems to be going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on August 29, 2014: You're welcome, Lady Treana. dangling modifiers Dangling modifiers seem to continually crop up, sometimes even in the writing of experienced and educated language professionals. lol. To use the verb, you could say "Let's hike the trail." In my day you did not argue much with teachers, which is probably just as well. (Anyone ready for reviving ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS? Chuck RitenouR from Front Royal, Virginia on November 29, 2013: Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 29, 2013: Thank you, Examiner. The word "preposition" means "sited before." Read on to discover how to recognize and fix dangling and misplaced modifiers. Reword the sentence so no preposition is required. A preposition which occurs at the end of a sentence or phrase, because it has been separated from its object, is known as a dangling, hanging, or stranded preposition. I am looking forward to seeing more subjects like this especially those concerning the use of articles, relative clauses….etc. What about using "Yes. More often than not, dangling modifiers appear in the form of a participle phrase. This is common, even expected, in everyday speech, but is frowned upon in more formal registers. Generally, they are participles phrases, infinitive phrases, or prepositional phrases. A preposition is a word that creates a relationship between other words. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 02, 2013: Great refresher course. Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Modifiers. There's a lot to talk about with regards to proofreading, so I hope to do more hubs in the future--one topic at a time. Important stuff! >> Mary threw John the ball. Reducing the number of preposition used in a sentence not only make it easier for the reader to grasp, but it also improves the writing style. Heartfelt thanks for this interesting subject. Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 02, 2013: Some skillful fixes, Marie. Churchill replied “This is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put.” My retired English teacher friend told this but it has now been debunked. The very common practice is to substitute the adverbs for preposition phrase . Before the turn of the century, women began to change their style of dress. In article writing, the author will eliminate informal speech for clarity to appeal to the greatest number of readers. I’ve been writing forever, but still need someone to remind me what a preposition is occasionally, and I’m new to ‘smothered verbs’ – what a great phrase, and a good mnemonic. A preposition is said to dangle (or hang, or be stranded) when it is split from its object and placed at the end of its clause. If you find a dangling modifier in your writing, here are a few ways you can fix it to restore the meaning of the sentence: Insert a new subject of the sentence. Annart, sometimes I'm guilty of starting a sentence with a conjunction. In doing so, they also negate the need for a preposition. 2. Preposition stranding, sometimes called P-stranding, is the syntactic construction in which a preposition with an object occurs somewhere other than immediately adjacent to its object; for example, at the end of a sentence. add an object, or noun, to complete the preposition. Correct. It doesn't take a grammarian to spot a sentence-ending preposition, so this is an easy rule to get caught up on (!). Don't leave them dangling! Mary threw the ball to John. I was a straight A English student but time and shortcuts make one sloppy. I constructed the preposition lists with the guidance of the following book. Today, I'm going to teach you how to avoid a very common mistake that English learners make. This usage is incorrect because modifiers should be next to the word they describe, and doing otherwise causes people to misread the sentence. Somewhere along the line, I was taught not to end a sentence with a preposition. There is a scene and the boy says, "Which door do I leave from?" Here's another example: "hike" is a verb, and "hiking" is the present participle. You can … :-). *Such construction might occur in a poem and be accepted as poetic license. SO SORRY. A great hub and thank you for sharing Marie. Instead of “Their attempt to justify the expense was unsuccessful,” write “They failed to justify the expense.” This simplifies the sentence even more, too. We Americans are a colorful lot! There is, however, something you can do to spot it for yourself. They are conjunctions and therefore should be used to join two sentences. Here’s an example of the same strategy: I only hope this hub helps those who need to read it! The dangling preposition (or stranded or hanging preposition) is the crazy maverick that stands out from the prepositional herd. Frank kicked a field goal for his screaming fans. In a sentence like “The best outcome for this scenario would be an incremental withdrawal,” note whether the meaning is clear without the phrase, and if so, strike it out: “The best outcome would be an incremental withdrawal.”. No." Some people see such constructions as obfuscation (I wouldn’t be surprised if there is an article about it on this very website), and your shorter version is certainly harder for non-native speakers to understand. ***, One I always had to argue with was, "I couldn't care less." We pay little attention to our reaction to failure. Now, sitting on the park bench clearly modifies the pronoun I, so it's not dangling any longer! Sebranek, Meyer, and Kemper; Write for College: A Student Handbook; Write Source (Houghton Mifflin), Wilmington, Massachusetts; 1997 ISBN 0-669-44402-2. Delete the preposition if the meaning of the sentence doesn't change. Our reaction to failure is something to which we pay little attention. My little efforts are an attempt to regain some hope for scholarly usage. Was that the one with Robin Williams studying to become a doctor? When I first started as a legal editor, I was startled to find that double negatives were used in legal writing for emphasis. She brought a box to me. Incorrect: Our reaction to failure is something we pay little attention to. Except for an occasional breeze, the air was as still as stone. That gets translated over into language, and that's what makes the double negatives confusing, because the speaker usually means the opposite (negative not positive). So, the phrase, "I couldn't care less" means I am incapable of caring any less than right now because I don't care at all! Incorrect: Women began to change their style of dress in the century before. Ah, logic!) I think that especially in America, the language is a hodge-podge of so many other languages. The plate was not expensive. Ex: changes to the global economy >> global economic changes, 2. Eliminate Prepositions by Using Active Voice. My new girlfriend ordered an expensive plate of lobster at the restaurant last night. rewrite the sentence so no prepostion is required. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 02, 2013: That's a funny line, MizBejabbers! A sentence might include one or more prepositions, words that take objects (nouns) to complete an idea. It is fine - just leave it (unless your English teacher has a big problem with prepositions at end of sentences, in which case try completely rearranging the sentence). On #4, why not eliminate the passivity while you’re at it? I'm glad you found this hub useful. Look forward to reading your hub on that. Many compound prepositions and their objects work well to begin a clause to start a sentence. Instead write: The idea of which I am thinking is particularly good. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on February 08, 2019: Thank you for your input, Anna. A phrase (rule) which I often hear is "You ended your sentence in a prepositon", or, "Do not end sentences in prepositions". I somehow overlooked your crucial “Here’s a place where it might not be appropriate”. An opposite of itself - "I couldn't" and "care less". (I originally wrote “but also makes the use of of unnecessary,” but then deleted the superfluous phrase “the use of” and thereby deleted a preposition. Reading your article motivates me to strive for the right. So, in creative writing, a little rule bending is essentially akin to poetic license. Get a subscription and start receiving our writing tips and exercises daily! This reminds me of the story told on Winston Churchill of an editor who once rearranged one of his sentences to avoid ending with a preposition. When dependent clauses, prepositional phrases, and non-finite verb phrases function as modifiers, we need to know whether they are restrictive or non-restrictive.Restrictive modifiers are not punctuated; non-restrictive modifiers are, usually with commas. Add a noun and any desired modifiers to serve as the preposition's object. The implied answer is "less than I care right now." In writing, most of these prepositions can be eliminated without harm to the meaning of the sentence. That is one reason that I stopped using contractions - to make sure that I did not do use them. So, you're ending a sentence with a preposition; and now you're wondering if it's grammatically correct to do so. A modifying word or phrase “dangles” when it doesn’t apply to the word it’s supposed to modify. One gets away with a lot more in speech, but, then communication is much more than words. Change the phrase that dangles into a complete introductory clause by naming the doer of the action in that clause: Without knowing his name, it was difficult to introduce him. This practice seems to be fairly common in informal writing, but certainly has no place in polished article writing. The preposition atop is missing an object all together. Copyright © 2020 Daily Writing Tips . Yes, English is a rather complicated language compared to others. Steps to identify a dangling modifier in a sentence: 1. It's done in speech but shouldn't be done in writing (unless in reported speech of course). It's so funny! Sometimes it is not. An easy test to help reduce the number of prepositions is to search for the genitive case, or a possessive form: If a sentence could use the genitive case but doesn’t, revise the sentence. You are so right about those gerund modifiers! Here’s a place where it might not be appropriate: So, here you see that prepositions can begin a sentence, but should not end a sentence when writing an article for publication. In the writer’s toolbox, adverbs are stronger tools than prepositional phrases. An object answers the question of who, what, when, where, or why. And another: Double negative? (But take care that the inversion of the sentence structure doesn’t incorrectly shift emphasis or diminish dramatic effect.). A dangling modifier happens when you put a descriptive phrase next to a word that it doesn’t describe. Speech and writing are two separate things. While such use of prepositions is ancient, it has earned disapproval in the past centuries. Less than what? The answer key is below. My new girlfriend ordered a plate of ex… To fix participles that dangle, move them so that they come right before or after the noun or pronoun that they're modifying. >> I took the police the picture of her. All Right Reserved. (Even so, I still tend to prefer the others.). Your right, Jackie, that's a good example. Thanks for the fabulous post. I was never able to figure that one out!? A misplaced modifier can be easily fixed by positioning the modifier immediately before or immediately after the word or phrase that it is modifying. The dangling participle, if found guilty, seems to imply that lawsuit itself will be found guilty. Find a confidant who has survived the same setback as you are suffering. To fix a dangler move either the dangling bit or the rest of its phrase, so they are in order starting with the preposition or participle. Have you ever seen the movie With Honors? Thanks for this piece! I sometimes (but rarely) end a sentence with a preposition just to avoid this type of pedantry. Prepositions, words that indicate relations between nouns, pronouns, and verbs (mostly small ones like for, in, of, on, to, and with but sometimes more substantial, as in the case of beneath or between), are often integral to a sentence, but writers can clutter sentences by being overly dependent on them. With adjectives I was on my way to work and noticed a cream woman’s handbag in the gutter. I agree about the language. Also many sentences were written with the negative, "No person shall ...." We are trying to write now to the positive, "A person shall not....". I took the picture of her to the police. And another: For each question, choose the best answer. Find the answers you're looking for here. So, what the speaker is saying is at whatever level of caring he or she sees himself/herself, the caring could or couldn't be less. If you've ever been disciplined by a parent, you may recall something similar to the following conversation. So, as prepositions are designed to sit before nouns, there is some logic to the ruling that a preposition can't be at the end of a sentence. Thank you for commenting and attempting to follow proper usage. Your right, Jackie, that's a good example. Dangling modifiers always come at the beginning of a sentence. Theresa M. Odom-Surgick from Albany, New York on August 29, 2014: Thank you! Thanks, Mark. Learn how to use Dangling Prepositions in English! I suppose the hodge-podge of an English that's already made up of words from so many invaders becomes even more so when the languages of many American citizens are added. "But" and other prepositions at the end of a sentence beg completion. or why? --Blessings. A preposition typically sits before a noun to show the noun's relationship with another nearby word. Dangling Modifier: How To Fix A Dangling Modifier (with Helpful Examples) - 7 E S L. Dangling Modifier. If it is, there are several ways to fix it. After all, prepositions are meant to sit before things. The main clause now names the person (the captain) who did the action in the modifying phrase (arrived late). I go back and catch many things like these and recognize it taking a fresh look at it but I am sure much I miss much! Remove prepositional phrases by using adjectives "Down," "round," and "till" can serve different sentence functions, depending on their use. Blessings! True. When writing dialog or giving a direct quote, however, prepositions and dangling prepositions remain. I, too, hate those 'double negatives'. By their very nature, it is sometimes believed, prepositions should appear before the word or phrase that they govern – inside the box, around the corner, in respect of the annual fiscal report of 2014-2015. Your mother was completing the preposition "but" with the noun "nothing.". After reading this subject, you are now more aware of what prepositions are and have seen a few examples of them in sentences. Use indirect objects rather than prepositional phrases When a story, such as a personal account is being written, the author's vernacular helps to develop his or her unique style. Subscribers get access to our archives with 800+ interactive exercises! You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! Conversation and creative writing follow freer standards than nonfiction journalism. Here are five strategies for minimizing the number of prepositions you use: Shifting from passive voice to active voice, as in the revision of “The watch was obviously designed by a master craftsman” to “A master craftsman had obviously designed the watch” takes a preposition out of action. I’ve decided to print it and keep near my p.c., to consult whenever I write or correct my work. Informal speech uses prepositions frequently. A corrected sentence, then, might read, "If found guilty, the company could lose billions." I wish I could think of an example, but I don't have a law book handy. Omitting dangling prepositions from your article writing improves the quality of the piece and is easier for the reader to comprehend. Method 1: Revise the main clause One method of fixing a dangling modifier is to leave the modifier as it is and rewrite the main clause so that it begins with the subject being modified. Well, yeah, and that's why I mentioned it's okay for your characters to talk with dangling prepositions, because we pretty much ALL talk that way. What really gets me is when people use 'but' and 'and' to start a sentence. Fun stuff, huh? To which the professor says, "At Harvard, we don't end our sentences with prepositions," and his witty reply is "Okay. It helps me a lot. There are two simple ways to fix a dangling modifier. Precise Edit: I’m not convinced about your #2. In this case it’s cleaner to move not just the preposition, but the clause to which it’s attached, like this: we are all familiar with … Incorrect. In any writing endeavor, one must consider the audience. or "Yeah. Having a sound basis of grammatical English is necessary for good writing; prepositions are some of the most difficult words to use correctly, especially for those where English is a second language. Incorrect: The air was still as stone, an occasional breeze except.*. In particular (partly because of where the words wrap), “Frank kicked his screaming fans…” is what is sometimes nicknamed a garden path sentence, because you have to revise your interpretation as you get to the end of the sentence. Thanks so much for this more-than-super article. Speech: I have no idea where I'm going to. Which door do I leave from, asshole?" Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 06, 2013: In math, a double negative in multiplication and division equals a positive. Eric Calderwood from USA on January 06, 2014: I'm hoping that grammar will get easier the more I study it. --Blessings! The preposition is then described as stranded, hanging, or dangling.This kind of construction is found mainly in English and in some other Germanic languages or dialects. "To" is the only preposition in the sentence. For example, the sentence “Their attempt to provide a justification of the expense was unsuccessful,” simplified to “Their attempt to justify the expense was unsuccessful,” not only transforms the verb+article+nominalization clump “provide a justification” into the streamlined verb justify but also makes of unnecessary. If your novel is written in 1st person, it may be much more natural for your narrator to use the dangling prepositions. "Less" is a degree and not total negation. It was the lobster. LOVE the Daily Writing Tips! I've used that phrase, "I couldn't care less" myself with the intended meaning that I didn't care at all. 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