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Can you see what’s wrong with this news writing seen on a major commercial network in Australia.
The story was about a long-awaited bridge being built.
“Talked about for years, Transport Minister Scott Emerson says this project will no longer be a bridge too far”
What has been talked about for years? The transport minister OR the bridge?
This sort of mistake is called a “dangler” (Dangling modifier) and the BBC trains its writers to avoid danglers.
Regarded as lazy and misleading, I advise you to avoid danglers in your news writing.
Who or what is regarded as lazy and misleading?
Here are two easy ways to fix a dangler.
1. Add the who or what to the dangler.
The project has been talked about for years. Transport Minister, Scott Emerson, says it will no longer be a bridge too far.
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