Why are people leaving out the indefinite article ‘a’ before seemingly random nouns?

I’ve heard mostly British English people say ‘He went to hospital’ or ‘She is matriculated at university’. I’ve never understood this but accepted it as a quirk of the language like so many others. Lately I’ve heard instances on the radio where this has been applied to seemingly random nouns. The example I heard this … Read more

a dangling participle

a dangling participle The sentence below is from IT by Stephen King. Here, ganged around a bus stop with a sign reading KENMORE SQUARE CITY CENTER, he sees waitresses, nurses, city employees, their faces naked and puffed with sleep. It seems to have a grammatical error known as a dangling modifier. Since the doer(s) of … Read more

Can someone PLEASE tell me what the gerunds and participles are in these sentences? PLEASE

Dozing in the sun at the beach after swimming, limbs exhausted, salt dring stiff in my hair. Cutting up vegetables into neat pieces. Flying into a city and at night seeing the lit gauze of its streets from the air. Cycling on a balmy night when the streets are quiet. Taking a bath when I’m … Read more

‘Starting’ in March [participle or preposition]

Starting in March, people will also finally be able to buy the Exodus phone with cash and not just cryptocurrency. Is ‘starting’ here a participle form of a verb or a preposition? If it’s a participle, how come it’s not a dangling participle? EDIT By ‘dangling participle’ I mean: The test is whether the omitted … Read more

Whereas + present participle

Is it grammatically correct to use whereas + a present participle? For example: I am disinclined to recognize my weak mathematical skills, whereas willing to admit my lack of English skills. This sounds silly to me, but the reason I am asking is because this same sentence seems to work when using while instead of … Read more

Participle clauses

I have this participle clause in this sentence: Having confessed his mistake, he begged for forgiveness. I want to rewrite this sentence but I’m considering which one is correct. He has confessed his mistake, he begged for forgiveness. He confessed his mistake, he begged for forgiveness. confessing his mistake, he begged for forgiveness. Thank you … Read more

Is “before defining the derivative” a dangling participle in this sentence?

Someone reviewing an article of mine claims that this sentence begins with a dangling participle. Is that true? Is the meaning of the sentence ambiguous? Before defining the derivative, it is useful to first define nullability. Answer No. The sentence does not even begin with a participial phrase, but with a prepositional phrase. Ask someone … Read more

Problems of Use of Participle in Academic Writing: “When considering” VS “When considered”

I have questions about the participle phrase in academic writing which are related to the dangling modifiers of 3 cases. Could you explain me more the appropriate use of sentences with the participle group with 3 cases given? Thank you. Case No.1: 1.1. When considering the environmental context, identified species conform to principles of optimal … Read more

Adverbial modifier with the insertion of comma

I was studying about participles and one site a guy asked the following question: How would the meaning of the following sentences differ from each other? 1. The beach, located on the far side of the river, is known for its beauty. 2. The beach located on the far side of the river is known … Read more