Dangling Participle

A participle which does not have a subject in the sentence is called a dangling participle or hanging participle.

For example, in Driving down the road, a deer leapt out in front of me, the participial phrase driving down the road is dangling: it has no subject in the sentence. Another example is given below.

  • Looking out of the window, the mountains seemed very close.

Though they are not rare in speech, dangling participles are avoided in formal writing because of the possibility of misunderstanding.

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