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dangling modifier


The dangling modifier makes the sentence harder to understand in this case.
  grammar:  a dangling participle phrase or other phrase where it is not clear which noun or pronoun is being modified by the phrase — such as "I shot an elephant in my pajamas" in place of "In my pajamas, I shot an elephant."
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dangling modifiers dangling modifier
Strongly Associated with:   participle, participle phrase, dangling participle
Notes:
Groucho Marx uttered this famous dangling modifier in his the film, Animal Crackers:  "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I’ll never know."
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Associated words [difficulty]:   dangling modifier , participle [8] , participle [8]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Fine Arts & Music, History, Public Policy & Politics
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