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I recently heard this on the news of a major Australian commercial network.
Can you see what’s wrong with it?
Barely conscious and with a shattered nose, paramedics work to save the latest victim of the Sunshine Coast’s violent drinking culture.
Yes, it technically says that the paramedics are the ones who are barely conscious and with a shattered nose.
It’s called a dangling modifer or the “saucier sounding” – dangler.
The BBC News Styleguide warns against using danglers.
Now, I made plenty of mistakes as a young news reporter – but I had bosses and colleagues who discreetly told me how to fix my mistakes. That’s probably why I know so much about news writing mistakes – plenty of first-hand experience! 🙂
I keep seeing or hearing the same mistakes again and again on Australian news. I know media profits are down and resources are scarce – but it’s…
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