Dangling Modifiers

I am re-reading my well-thumbed copy of Bill Bryson’s Troublesome Words, and I couldn’t help chuckling at this example of what he calls a dangling modifier: “Although sixty-one years old when he wore the original suit, his waist was only thirty-five.”

My favourite example of how words can have an unintended, although it’s not a dangling modifier, was something I spotted in the local press years ago: “Police hold man over fire”.

I’m sure he soon confessed…

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