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27 Sep 2017 12:56 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 4:20 p.m. PST

1. Yes, no one wants to see that
B. Put that away!
3. Hey now!!
IV. Yikes!
5. No, lets all be friends.
F. Only if accompanied by a hanging indent.
7. Only if necessary due to a Personal Pronoun.
VIII. Other (No explanation required)

When answering, please explain how your answer brings this poll back into the realm of Wargaming with Miniatures. If you can't do that then you are obviously NOT a REAL wargamer.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 4:28 p.m. PST

Of course not. you would shut down half of TMP's writers!

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 4:34 p.m. PST

That's true, but what if it was not painted? Would you still feel that way?

Mako11 Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 4:45 p.m. PST

Z. I vaguely recall someone mentioning those back in school, and have survived a number of decades now without recalling what they might be, so I guess if they occur, it won't be the end of the world.

If someone wants to reedumacate me, I will be happy to strive to use them more often.

Tuudawgs Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 5:01 p.m. PST

What fools these mortals be.

Glengarry 4 Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 5:03 p.m. PST

I use epoxy resin to fix my dangling participles, no problem…

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 5:16 p.m. PST

No. Just tell them to put on some pants, and move on.

Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 5:38 p.m. PST

"Should dangling participles be banned?

Not in mixed company!

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 5:42 p.m. PST

I can't express myself any better than Winston Churchill, "This is the sort of pedantry up with which I will not put."


Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 6:00 p.m. PST

What scale ? ? ?

religon Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 6:21 p.m. PST

5. Considering the intelligentsia's policies toward those with poor grammar, their expulsion will come as no surprise.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 6:52 p.m. PST

IX. Critterette is on her way with your meds!

JeremyR Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 7:30 p.m. PST

Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 7:55 p.m. PST

Supporting JeremyR, they can be contained by any decent pair of jockey shorts. Well, actually, I guess that would be supporting anyone who was in need of the support.


charared Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 8:32 p.m. PST


bill's house…

well you all know the rest.

pigbear Inactive Member13 Jun 2012 2:57 a.m. PST

5 for me, religon's version. Reading some of the the other responses, they seem to miss the point of proving oneself witty, snarky, and over-educated all at the same time. Perhaps not qualities associated with those who enjoy Wargaming with Miniatures but it takes all kinds. Is that enough of a callback Tin Dictator? Seeing the futility of contributing much much of value here, that's all I've got.

OldGrenadier at work13 Jun 2012 4:59 a.m. PST

Dangling participles are something up with which I will not put!

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member13 Jun 2012 5:41 a.m. PST

If they're up are they dangling?
How about a ban on tin dictators?
How about we let all this drop and just enjoy our shared madness, er hobby?

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2012 7:11 a.m. PST

How about a ban on tin dictators?

No personal attacks !

If it weren't for Tin Dictators imposing themselves throughout the world's history, There would be no chocolate pudding. I like pudding.

And as a famous TD once said, "You can't have your pudding if you don't eat your meat!"

richarDISNEY Inactive Member13 Jun 2012 7:32 a.m. PST

What's a participle?

ChicChocMtdRifles Inactive Member13 Jun 2012 7:45 a.m. PST

How much does it have to stick out to dangle?

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2012 8:33 a.m. PST

I went to school in Britain. I have no idea what you are talking about…..

Scorpio Inactive Member13 Jun 2012 10:52 a.m. PST

What would you do that for?

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2012 3:17 p.m. PST


Also add 'split infinatives' to the style book.

I went to school in Britain. I have no idea what you are talking about…..

So did I, but then it was a grammer school.

A dangling participle is a grammitcal error whre a participle or participial phrase, often found at the beginning of a sentence, that appears from its position to modify an element of the sentence other than the one it was intended to modify. For example "Walking down the street, the trees where beautiful"

The act of walking refers to the narrator. The beauty of the trees is not directly related to the action. To avoid this error, the sentance should be structed "As I walked purposefully down the street, I observed the beauty of the trees."

corporalpat Inactive Member14 Jun 2012 7:17 a.m. PST

My vote for is for 5. However, I also postulate that pedants who persecute participle danglers profusely should be banned…possibly permanently!

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