Dangling Participles

A reviewer once contacted me to tell me that his review would be slightly delayed as he had spotted a dangling participle and a significant other in his life just would not let him live it down if the dangling participle snuck out into the wider world.

I don’t think I’d ever heard of a dangling participle before – not even in English lessons at school. So I looked them up and it all made perfect sense. It was a logic association issue which now had a label (a useful label on this occasion).

So if you don’t know what a dangling participle is, take a look here – you might just discover you recognised it but didn’t know its name. And they (dangling participles) should never appear in your writing – they only confuse the reader.

Hopefully all dangling participles have been removed from TSL books. Why not put us to the test: many TSL books are also available as ebooks

first published 18 May 2017, updated 2024