Before starting our project, there is a lot to study on the subject.

In the above sentence, can "before starting our project" be assumed as a dangling participle? What do you think? Kindly explain me. Thanks in advance!

The presence of 'before' argues against a participle clause in its canonical form, so I'd call this a mismatched clause without trying to identify it as a dangling participle. In any case, it's an awkward choice. Emotion: smile



I see it as a dangling participle. In my opinion, it may be debatable whether that sentence is acceptable. "there" is the subject in the main clause but it cannot be ascribed as a subject in "Before starting our project".

For example, in Leaning over the parapet, a water rat caught my eye there is an evident mismatch between the participle clause and the main one. Such a clause cannot be acceptable.

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It is not a dangler because an existential "there" does not have an antecedent. It is merely an inversion of "There is a lot to study on the subject before starting our project." That sentence, however, is faulty in a different way. "Starting" does not have the wrong subject, as it would in a dangler. It has no subject, which is not ideal. Nonetheless, it is natural English, and everybody knows what it means, so what do I know?

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