Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (23 Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles)

“Floating in the pool, I gazed at the fluffy white clouds,” versus “Floating in the pool, the fluffy white clouds looked beautiful as I gazed at them.” — THIS is why some people have gotten the notion that beginning a sentence with an -ing word — ANY -ing word, for ANY reason — is incorrect. Read this post by Susan Uttendorfsky and learn how to identify dangling participles, how to avoid them, and how to use participles the right way.

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About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (23 Split Infinitives and Dangling Participles)

  1. Thanks for re-blogging Thomas 😀

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