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Re: Elusive Criminals [#permalink]
04 Aug 2011, 10:27
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A classic case of dangling modifier
a ... With the assistance of informants, cases often can be made against otherwise elusive criminals.; who is going to make the cases? The modified noun is missing.
b Cases can often be made against otherwise elusive criminals with the aid of informants.: criminals with the aid of informants? Who is taking assistance, the criminals or the Police?
c With the assistance of informants, we can often make cases against otherwise elusive criminals: We can make? Are we the police? Distortion of meaning.
d Otherwise elusive criminals can often have cases made against them with the assistance of informants ; criminals voluntarily wanting to have cases made against them? funny
e With the assistance of informants, litigators can often make cases against otherwise elusive criminals : the introduction of litigators solves all the problems. The dangling modifier finds its match; right choice.