Sometimes Danglers Are a Problem

Recently, the Los Angeles Times described the movie "Dheepan" as the "Palme d'Or winner about Sri Lankan refugees trying to escape their violent past in France." That made reader Rod do a double-take.

"The question is where the 'in France' should go," Rod wrote. "There's a serious difference between a violent past in France and being in France trying to escape a violent past, presumably in Sri Lanka."

Agreed. Here's my full take on the sentence and the problem therein: the dreaded dangling modifier.

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