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Be sure that a pronoun, a participial phrase, or an appositive refers clearly to the proper subject.

Examples

  • Incorrect: Its hump decorated in strings of flowers, the programmer rode the camel through the food court.

  • Correct: The programmer rode the camel, its hump decorated in strings of flowers, through the food court.

  • Incorrect: Filled with bad gas, he drove his car to Tucson despite the knocking.

  • Correct: Although it was filled with bad gas, he drove his car to Tucson despite the knocking.


    References

    More information about this rule is available from the following sources.

    Online Resources:
  • The Elements of Style: rule 7

Printed Resources: (see Books on Writing section)

  • Strunk and White: 1-11
  • Hacker: G3-b and E3-b