Quizzes: Dangling Modifiers

The following questions test your ability to recognize and correct dangling modifiers.

When a sentence begins with an introductory clause that describes (modifies) but does not name the subject, the subject must come immediately after that clause. Otherwise, the modifier is said to be dangling.

For example:

Dangling Modifier: One of the greatest dramatists ever to write in the English language, many of Shakespeare's plays are still performed today.

The above sentence contains a dangling modifier because the introductory clause describes Shakespeare, not Shakespeare's plays. To correct it, "Shakespeare" must appear immediately after the comma.

Correct: One of the greatest dramatists ever to write in the English language, Shakespeare wrote many plays that are still performed today.