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A participle is a verb that is used as an adjective. For example, "The crying baby was hungry." In this case the participle 'crying' is modifying 'baby'.

A dangling participle is one in which it is ambiguous what is being modified. For example: "Driving home last night, a biker almost smashed into me." In this sentence it is unclear who was driving home last night. Was it me or the biker? Dangling participles can be fixed by rearranging the sentence to make it clear what is being modified. For example: "As I was diving home last night, a biker almost smashed into me." Or, "A biker almost smashed into me as I was driving home last night."

Although they are often used in spoken English, dangling participles are not considered to be proper grammar and should be avoided when writing.

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ex-pa-ti-ate

verb :: To wander at large, or without restraint.

verb :: To enlarge in discourse or writing; to be copious in argument or discussion; to descant.

verb :: To expand; to spread; to extend; to diffuse; to broaden.

"Now, as the business of standing mast-heads, ashore or afloat, is a very ancient and interesting one, let us in some measure expatiate here." --Melville, Herman

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a-car-pous

adjective :: Not producing fruit; unfruitful.

"Because of a genetic mutation, the apple tree was completely acarpous and never produced a single apple."

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des-ue-tude

noun :: The cessation of use; disuse; inactivity.

"This old house had wasted--more from desuetude than it would have wasted from use, twenty years for one." --Dickens, Charles

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in-ure

verb :: To habituate to something undesirable, especially by prolonged subjection; accustom.

"Though the food became no more palatable, he soon became sufficiently inured to it" --John Barth

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