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Meaning of dangling participle

dan'gling par'ticiple

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  1. a participle or participial phrase, often found at the beginning of a sentence, that appears from its position to modify an element of the sentence other than the one it was intended to modify, as plunging in Plunging hundreds of feet into the gorge, we saw Yosemite Falls. Cf. misplaced modifier.
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