<p>If grammar awards were celebrated in a TV show, dangling participles would win the &#34;funniest name&#34; prize. Everybody knows about dangling participles because of this funny-sounding name, but many people don&#39;t really understand the concept.</p><p>It might help to take a look at a few examples first:</p><ul><li>&#34;Looking around the yard, dandelions sprouted in every corner.&#34;</li><li>&#34;Eating like a hungry hippo, the pancakes disappeared from my plate within seconds.&#34;</li><li>&#34;Running <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/field-trip-rules-1857557" data-inlink="QnPuYPbPu8eIeVHRYVi5gA&#61;&#61;" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="1">after the school bus</a>, the backpack bounced from side to side.&#34;</li></ul><p>Can you identify the problem in the sentences above? The phrase at the beginning sets us up for a noun that doesn&#39;t exist! Dangling participles &#34;dangle&#34; because they hang out there with nothing to support!</p><blockquote>LOOKING AROUND THE YARD | DANDELIONS SPROUTED</blockquote>Who is looking around the yard? Not dandelions! We know that the participle &#34;looking&#34; really refers to a person, and in the sentence that person should be &#34;I&#34;. To fix this sentence, you should add the noun to match your modifier.<blockquote>LOOKING AROUND THE YARD, I COULD SEE THAT DANEDLIONS SPROUTED IN EVERY CORNER.</blockquote>Next example:<blockquote>EATING LIKE A HIPPO | PANCAKES DISAPPEARED</blockquote>Who is doing the eating? Not pancakes! To fix this, add the &#34;I&#34;.<blockquote>EATING LIKE A HUNGRY HIPPO, I MADE THE PANCAKES DISAPPEAR…</blockquote>And the next example:<blockquote>RUNNING AFTER THE BUS | BACKPACK BOUNCED</blockquote>Who is running? Not the backpack!<blockquote>RUNNING AFTER THE BUS, THE GIRL FELT HER BACKPACK BOUNCE…</blockquote><p><b>Note:</b> Each sentence in the examples above begins with an &#34;ing&#34; word called the participle. A participle is created when we turn a verb like eat or look <a href="https://www.thoughtco.com/creative-writing-modifying-words-and-phrases-1212352" data-inlink="kb272VMHI7eWp2JlmJNWdA&#61;&#61;" data-component="link" data-source="inlineLink" data-type="internalLink" data-ordinal="2">into a word phrase</a> that acts like an adjective. We create the participle by adding ing.</p><ul><li>Look becomes looking</li><li>Eat becomes eating</li><li>Run becomes running</li></ul>An adjective must modify some noun.