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Posted by on Friday, July 27, 2007 at 8:25pm.

Is the common error in the following sentence a dangling modifier?

Having risen because of the rains, the hikers were unable to cross the river.

Yes.

As Ms. Sue said earlier, the phrase ("Having ... rains") needs to be close to what it modifies. So ask yourself: What has risen? Then rephrase the sentence.

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