a participle intended to modify a noun which is not actually present in the text.
When I was in the third and fourth grades, and in the Orphanage – where two “GRADES” were in the same room – you just may get – an over dose of some of the same information – and sometimes, it did help – to find a permanent place in your BRAIN!
Take the case of the “Dangling Participial” – as there were some things, that without some visual idea of – there was no way – that you could just put a few words together – and stick them in your “BRAIN” and think that they would make any kind of sense – if and when the situation would occur – and you would then, be able to understand – and keep yourself from making an error – in your speech and or in writing about something.
So, Sister Florence, our teacher wrote this sentence on the “blackboard” for all to see and then write in your notebooks – and maybe remember for when you needed an example – so as to correct yourselves and always be in the know as to what a “Dangling Participial” would do and sound like – when incorrectly “Dangling” in your sentence!
“I saw the Empire State Building walking down Main Street!”
“Did you really see, the ” Empire State Building” – walking down Main Street?”
We all of course nearly died, laughing about that sentence – so much so – that, just to think about those words – we saw, a mental picture of that situation – and we knew exactly, what a “Dangling Participial” was – and ever since then, in the “1940’s” – I will never forget seeing that “Empire State Building” walking down Main Street!
“Do you “know” or have a correct version – of how that sentence should read?”
“How do you like this?”
“While walking down, “MAIN STREET” – I saw the Empire State Building!”
There is just something about “words” and how we run them together – and some times, we can just sit back – and laugh – at the jumbled mess – that, we can come up with!
“If you are not too confused, let me hear about some of the long ago and far away learning lessons – that you think – are worth while talking about?
“Our learning lessons from the PAST – are what we are today – called the total and completed product – that makes us that perfect individual – that our FAMILY and FRIENDS – just LOVE to hear from and about!” D.V.
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