It doesn't take a grammarian to spot a sentence-ending preposition, so this is an easy rule to get caught up on (!). It is also called a dangling participle, hanging modifier, floater, floating modifier, or misrelated participle. Your right, Jackie, that's a good example. 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 … 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. It's certainly not the best English because less implies a comparison. Steps to identify a dangling modifier in a sentence: 1. Very helpful information that I'd forgotten. Do not write: The idea I am thinking of is particularly good. Bless you both. 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. You are so right about those gerund modifiers! On #4, why not eliminate the passivity while you’re at it? lol. 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! One gets away with a lot more in speech, but, then communication is much more than words. More often than not, dangling modifiers appear in the form of a participle phrase. I sometimes (but rarely) end a sentence with a preposition just to avoid this type of pedantry. Add a noun and any desired modifiers to serve as the preposition's object. Learn how to use Dangling Prepositions in English! (Anyone ready for reviving ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS? Thanks, Mark. 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 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. Dangling modifiers always come at the beginning of a sentence. Although it is often easy to remedy the offending preposition, sometimes it isn't, and repair efforts sometimes result in a clumsy sentence. :-). With adjectives I was on my way to work and noticed a cream woman’s handbag in the gutter. As you may have noticed, I was an English major at college. Writers and editors aid clarity and conciseness by uncovering nominalizations, otherwise known as buried, or smothered, verbs. The plate was not expensive. 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. 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. To use the verb, you could say "Let's hike the trail." Thanks so much for this more-than-super article. 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. So much on the internet, however, seems to be going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. 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." "To" is the only preposition in the sentence. If it is, there are several ways to fix it. I, too, hate those 'double negatives'. Such construction can provide a transition for a new paragraph. Eliminate Prepositions by Using Active Voice. I am looking forward to seeing more subjects like this especially those concerning the use of articles, relative clauses….etc. --Blessings! In doing so, they also negate the need for a preposition. 4 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA. A preposition typically sits before a noun to show the noun's relationship with another nearby word. We Americans are a colorful lot! 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. Here’s a place where it might not be appropriate: In any writing endeavor, one must consider the audience. The dangling participle, if found guilty, seems to imply that lawsuit itself will be found guilty. 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! Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Modifiers. Read on to discover how to recognize and fix dangling and misplaced modifiers. An object answers the question of who, what, when, where, or why. It's so funny! I agree about the language. Delete the preposition if the meaning of the sentence doesn't change. Anyhow, the point is well taken. I was never able to figure that one out!? 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. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on January 06, 2014: That IS silly, Evan. This is but one strategy we use. Look forward to reading your hub on that. It was the lobster. 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! After reading this subject, you are now more aware of what prepositions are and have seen a few examples of them in sentences. A preposition is completed by an object (noun or pronoun) and any modifiers to the noun. I know it is still incorrect, but it was still funny to me and this reminded me of it! We pay little attention to our reaction to failure. 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.”. The prepositions in the above sentence are "to" and "of.". My new girlfriend ordered an expensive plate of lobster at the restaurant last night. Less than what? Thanks for this piece! Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on February 08, 2019: Thank you for your input, Anna. As for the narrative, I think it depends on voice. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 02, 2013: Great refresher course. Don't leave them dangling! So, you're ending a sentence with a preposition; and now you're wondering if it's grammatically correct to do so. >> Mary threw John the ball. Ex: I’ll build a house for you >> I’ll build you a house, 3. That is one reason that I stopped using contractions - to make sure that I did not do use them. Marie studied at Michigan State University four years in English (creative writing). And another: I have an included those with adapted Latin prefixes in this list. Find a confidant who has survived the same setback as you are suffering. 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! Speech: I have no idea where I'm going to. ), Prepositional phrases (preposition+article+noun) provide context, but they’re not always necessary. Ex: A number of people >> Some people. I see a lot of these and am thinking about doing a hub on that also. Conversation and creative writing follow freer standards than nonfiction journalism. All Right Reserved. I took the picture of her to the police. Sometimes it is not. Written Quote: "I'm going to clean up this mess.". 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. I wish I could think of an example, but I don't have a law book handy. Dangling prepositions are not grammatically wrong, but they are certainly stylistically taboo. A misplaced modifier can be easily fixed by positioning the modifier immediately before or immediately after the word or phrase that it is modifying. or why? This practice seems to be fairly common in informal writing, but certainly has no place in polished article writing. To use the participle, you could say, "Wait for the hiking campers to get back.” "Hiking," the participle, tells you what the campers are doing—what kind of campers they are—hiking campers. She brought a box to me. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 02, 2013: That's a funny line, MizBejabbers! (Even so, I still tend to prefer the others.). 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. Having injured his dominant hand, it … >> Frank kicked his screaming fans a field goal. Incorrect. When a story, such as a personal account is being written, the author's vernacular helps to develop his or her unique style. Incorrect: The air was still as stone, an occasional breeze except.*. (But take care that the inversion of the sentence structure doesn’t incorrectly shift emphasis or diminish dramatic effect.). When I first started as a legal editor, I was startled to find that double negatives were used in legal writing for emphasis. Add an object and move the preposition to a different place in the sentence. Your right, Jackie, that's a good example. There is a scene and the boy says, "Which door do I leave from?" Ways to Fix a Dangling Preposition Delete the preposition if the meaning of the sentence doesn't change. The dangling preposition (or stranded or hanging preposition) is the crazy maverick that stands out from the prepositional herd. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on August 29, 2014: You're welcome, Lady Treana. Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 06, 2013: I found the comments on double negatives interesting. ***, One I always had to argue with was, "I couldn't care less." If not, it sounds similar. Copyright © 2020 Daily Writing Tips . I only hope this hub helps those who need to read it! Prepositions are like building blocks that add information to the sentence. I've used that phrase, "I couldn't care less" myself with the intended meaning that I didn't care at all. Heartfelt thanks for this interesting subject. I was taught, in other words, not to dangle my prepositions—maybe you were, too. Written Quote: "I have no idea where I'm going to.". This is common, even expected, in everyday speech, but is frowned upon in more formal registers. Reading your article motivates me to strive for the right. I somehow overlooked your crucial “Here’s a place where it might not be appropriate”. I'm glad you found this hub useful. 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. Here are a few more strategies that we use: 1. The main problem with the dangling modifier is that the sentence subject doesn’t exist. A phrase (rule) which I often hear is "You ended your sentence in a prepositon", or, "Do not end sentences in prepositions". Thanks for the fabulous post. If the vernacular is excessive, however, the reader may have a difficult time following the story. 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. 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. The implied answer is "less than I care right now." Click To Tweet. Phrases made of two or more words can function as prepositions. Your mother was completing the preposition "but" with the noun "nothing.". A great hub and thank you for sharing Marie. I have been trying to change this, and your column is wonderful! Yes, English is a rather complicated language compared to others. If your novel is written in 1st person, it may be much more natural for your narrator to use the dangling prepositions. No." 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. 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. In writing, most of these prepositions can be eliminated without harm to the meaning of the sentence. Thank you for underscoring the right usage; it also makes for better reading. Sitting on the park bench, I watched the sun disappear behind the clouds. I hope those who didn't have straight A's take the time to read it and find it helpful as well. A dangling modifier happens when you put a descriptive phrase next to a word that it doesn’t describe. Misusing prepositions is an easy problem to fix. "But" and other prepositions at the end of a sentence beg completion. When writing dialog or giving a direct quote, however, prepositions and dangling prepositions remain. "Down," "round," and "till" can serve different sentence functions, depending on their use. --Blessings. Using active voice is not possible always as to better emphasize the context, but other 4 ways mentioned here are really worth practicing for a better effective writing. There are two simple ways to fix a dangling modifier. My new girlfriend ordered a plate of ex… SO SORRY. As with any writing strategy, it may not be appropriate in every case. Replace prepositional phrases with adverbs (similar to #2) True. You may have learned that ending a sentence with a preposition is a serious breach of grammatical etiquette. >> She brought me a box. 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. 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.”. 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. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on January 09, 2014: I think I enjoyed grammar because I have an analytical mind. The very common practice is to substitute the adverbs for preposition phrase . >> I took the police the picture of her. I’ve decided to print it and keep near my p.c., to consult whenever I write or correct my work. You can … Remove prepositional phrases by using adjectives dangling modifiers Dangling modifiers seem to continually crop up, sometimes even in the writing of experienced and educated language professionals. In each correction, the simplest expression appears followed by one that more closely uses the words of the original. 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. Find a confidant who has survived the same setback you are suffering through. Complete the preposition and move the words to where the meaning is clearer or at the beginning to work as a transition. After all, prepositions are meant to sit before things. An opposite of itself - "I couldn't" and "care less". From the University of Texas website: “Prepositions cannot come at the end of a sentence or clause. Thank you for commenting and attempting to follow proper usage. The preposition atop is missing an object all together. It's done in speech but shouldn't be done in writing (unless in reported speech of course). And another: Phrasal prepositions are the most complex type of preposition. Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 01, 2013: I find myself not caring about the improper usage of prepositions, because even reputable works seem to allow it. Shifting from passive voice to active voice, as in the … in the same sentence. rewrite the sentence so no prepostion is required. lol. 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. Many compound prepositions and their objects work well to begin a clause to start a sentence. Also many sentences were written with the negative, "No person shall ...." We are trying to write now to the positive, "A person shall not....". A preposition is a word that creates a relationship between other words. I have read a few grammar books - since I d0 not remember much from school - but I still have not memorized everything about grammar. And we always try to change nominalizations into active verbs, as a general rule of practice. In the writer’s toolbox, adverbs are stronger tools than prepositional phrases. For each question, choose the best answer. The concept of avoiding dangling prepositions is typically taught by middle and high school English teachers, and rightfully so. She writes content, poetry, and stories. The modifier needs to be moved next to the word it is modifying. add an object, or noun, to complete the preposition. 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: In article writing, the author will eliminate informal speech for clarity to appeal to the greatest number of readers. This was a very good Hub. How do you identify a dangling modifier in a sentence? From my point it is hard to tell whether it is a double negative, but I would say that it is a 'contradiction'. So, here you see that prepositions can begin a sentence, but should not end a sentence when writing an article for publication. Speech and writing are two separate things. Mary threw the ball to John. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Kindness and compassion, however, are the keys to true happiness, whatever one's language may be. 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. I was a straight A English student but time and shortcuts make one sloppy. A dangling modifier has no concrete or logical referent in the sentence to which it can attach itself and therefore is … Instead write: The idea of which I am thinking is particularly good. Subscribers get access to our archives with 800+ interactive exercises! Omitting dangling prepositions from your article writing improves the quality of the piece and is easier for the reader to comprehend. Sometimes a preposition at the end of the sentence is really a problem. Annart, sometimes I'm guilty of starting a sentence with a conjunction. Incorrect: Women began to change their style of dress in the century before. It helps me a lot. or "Yeah. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 05, 2013: Hi, Examiner, and how about those double negatives? I think that especially in America, the language is a hodge-podge of so many other languages. 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. Theresa M. Odom-Surgick from Albany, New York on August 29, 2014: Thank you! Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 03, 2013: Thank you, Jackie. --Blessings! Thank you very much! No." Dangling Modifier: How To Fix A Dangling Modifier (with Helpful Examples) - 7 E S L. Dangling Modifier. Which door do I leave from, asshole?" Ex: changes to the global economy >> global economic changes, 2. Was that the one with Robin Williams studying to become a doctor? In my day you did not argue much with teachers, which is probably just as well. Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 02, 2013: Some skillful fixes, Marie. Here's another example: "hike" is a verb, and "hiking" is the present participle. (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. Thanks for sharing. Frank kicked a field goal for his screaming fans. Our reaction to failure is something to which we pay little attention. A sentence might include one or more prepositions, words that take objects (nouns) to complete an idea. Revision of the sentence “The politician responded to the allegations with vehemence” to “The politician responded vehemently to the allegations” strengthens the thought and deletes the weak preposition with. Precise Edit: I’m not convinced about your #2. "Before" and "except" are prepositions introducing the sentences. The answer key is below. ***. They are conjunctions and therefore should be used to join two sentences. 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. Want to improve your English in five minutes a day? Use indirect objects rather than prepositional phrases Generally, they are participles phrases, infinitive phrases, or prepositional phrases. In some cases, a dangling modifier refers to a word that doesn't even appear in the sentence. I know it’ll give my writing a different slant. This is exactly the kind of job that editors are perfectly suited to carry out – they come to the page fresh, not having read the same misused preposition fifty times, and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Regarding the contract, you should not sign before reading it. Incorrect. "Less" is a degree and not total negation. To which the professor says, "At Harvard, we don't end our sentences with prepositions," and his witty reply is "Okay. To fix this, simply add the missing pronoun or noun, such as "the company," "him," or them." Double negative? 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). Let’s try that again: Let’s try that again: He walked down the street at a brisk pace, with his waistcoat buttoned against the cold and a jaunty top hat perched atop his stately head. As I mentioned in my hub, normally speech isn't corrected in direct quotation. What really gets me is when people use 'but' and 'and' to start a sentence. Incorrect: Our reaction to failure is something we pay little attention to. Before the turn of the century, women began to change their style of dress. What about using "Yes. Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 06, 2013: In math, a double negative in multiplication and division equals a positive. 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). My little efforts are an attempt to regain some hope for scholarly usage. I will probably need to refer back to this hub again in the future. You will improve your English in only 5 minutes per day, guaranteed! Find a confidant who has survived the same setback as you. 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. You'll also get three bonus ebooks completely free. If you've ever been disciplined by a parent, you may recall something similar to the following conversation. 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. Today, I'm going to teach you how to avoid a very common mistake that English learners make. There are no prepostions in this sentence. Instead of “Their attempt to justify the expense was unsuccessful,” write “They failed to justify the expense.” This simplifies the sentence even more, too. Dangling Modifiers. LOVE the Daily Writing Tips! Have you ever seen the movie With Honors? 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. 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. Eric Calderwood from USA on January 06, 2014: I'm hoping that grammar will get easier the more I study it. "I ain't got nothin'." Nice little refresher, I will chew on this at work. 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. If I say I could care less I would be lying because I couldn't. You get voted up in my class. 2. Here’s an example of the same strategy: Another practice which rather irks me are misplaced gerund modifiers. Correct. A corrected sentence, then, might read, "If found guilty, the company could lose billions." Reword the sentence so no preposition is required. *Such construction might occur in a poem and be accepted as poetic license. Sebranek, Meyer, and Kemper; Write for College: A Student Handbook; Write Source (Houghton Mifflin), Wilmington, Massachusetts; 1997 ISBN 0-669-44402-2. I enjoyed the article and tried to subscribe but got an error message. Find the answers you're looking for here. Blessings! Marie Flint (author) from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 01, 2013: The English language is rapidly eroding, Ms. Dora. Jackie and Examiner, I guess we've found one of our pet peeves with language. I have always believed that education helps bring us together. Except for an occasional breeze, the air was as still as stone. Add a noun and any desired modifiers to serve as the preposition's object. If the dangling preposition doesn’t have an object, we also have … Informal speech uses prepositions frequently. A modifying word or phrase “dangles” when it doesn’t apply to the word it’s supposed to modify. 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. Complete the preposition and move the words to where the meaning is clearer or … The main clause now names the person (the captain) who did the action in the modifying phrase (arrived late). Somewhere along the line, I was taught not to end a sentence with a preposition. There is, however, something you can do to spot it for yourself. Fun stuff, huh? Somewhere along the way I never developed a good grasp on the rules of grammar. Important stuff! The examples used to show how to avoid using dangling prepositions, instead, prove my point. To fix participles that dangle, move them so that they come right before or after the noun or pronoun that they're modifying. While such use of prepositions is ancient, it has earned disapproval in the past centuries. To Dangle or Not to Dangle: On Ending a Sentence with a Preposition By Susan Doose. I was on my way to work and noticed a woman’s cream handbag in the gutter. Now, sitting on the park bench clearly modifies the pronoun I, so it's not dangling any longer! 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. They leave the reader hanging and asking who?, what?, where?, when? 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. So, in creative writing, a little rule bending is essentially akin to poetic license. It is unclear if the handbag belongs to a cream woman or if the handbag is cream. 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. Get a subscription and start receiving our writing tips and exercises daily! I like to take sentences apart mentally to see how the different words are functioning in context. I constructed the preposition lists with the guidance of the following book. I just try to rephrase sentences and end them with nouns. This usage is incorrect because modifiers should be next to the word they describe, and doing otherwise causes people to misread the sentence. 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