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# MGMAT SC 5ed clarification needed

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13 Aug 2012, 10:04
Hi, I have a quick question from the MGMAT SC, 5th edition.

Pg 84, near bottom of page,

"A present participle (-ing form) at the beginning of a sentence is often made to be dangling.

Does this mean that the GMAT often make this sort of error for us to catch, or does this mean it is OK to have a dangling with dealing with present participle?
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14 Aug 2012, 08:30
It means the error is common in GMAT
Dangling modifiers are always wrong!!
And participial phrases and clauses at the start of a sentence must
1. modify the noun next to the comma. (mostly)
2. modify the clause next to the comma. (rarely)
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14 Aug 2012, 09:53
It means the GMAT often makes this sort of error for us to catch. (It also means that this error is very common in the real world!)

The example that follows that paragraph,

"Using the latest technology, the problem was identified"

is an example of an "-ing" dangling modifier at the beginning of a sentence. Note also that passive voice is often part of this incorrect construction.
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Re: MGMAT SC 5ed clarification needed   [#permalink] 14 Aug 2012, 09:53
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