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A grammar mistake called dangling modifier

Wynford Hicks listed 10 common mistakes made in journalism in his book English for Journalists. The first one is the dangling modifier, and a particular case is the floating participle.

In the past few days,  I have looked for a printer on amazon, and this morning I got this email as you can see below.

Amazon grammar mistake

As someone who has recently browsed our range of scanners, we thought you might like to know about our bestsellers.

My first reaction to this sentence was that it was grammatically wrong. Should it be like this:

As someone who has recently browsed our range of scanners, you might like to know about our bestsellers.

It was “you” who was this someone who had recently browsed scanners, not “we” the seller. Or you may say it was grammatically correct, but the sentence itself just does not make much sense.


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