Thursday, November 8, 2012

What's the Word Wednesday - Dangling Participle

Beware the dangling participle. It changes the meaning of the sentence.

After falling from the tree, Jane picked up the apple.
In the sentence above, Jill fell from the tree. Ouch!

Jane picked up the apple after it fell from the tree.
In the sentence above, the apple fell from the tree and then Jane picked it up. That's correct!
Write a story about what Jane did with the apple after it fell from the tree.
Did she settle for just one? Did she pick more and bake a pie? Where is the tree?
Is it a magic apple? Have you ever dangled from a tree?
Use your imagination and have fun writing.

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