29. A case against Nepali journalists I

Nepali journalists, usually of English dailies, love writing long and confusing sentences with lots of dangling modifiers.

Here are some of those. I was casually reading the Himalayan Times (Sept 30, 2012 issue) and never intended to hunt down the dangling modifiers. I’m sure, these will make a good classwork material for my students.

It was about 8:30 am, the organisers were honouring leaders with khada (strips of religious cloth) at the podium after the welcome speech when Basnet climbed up the stage and struck Shyam Sangat and Narmada Pokharel who were announcing with a wooden frame.
The Himalayan Times / Sept 30, 2012

A day after the Sita Air Dornier plane crash on the banks of the Manohara River that killed all 19 people on board, office-bearers of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and domestic airline companies held a meeting under the chair of Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati at the ministry, to find ways to avert air crashes.
The Himalayan Times / Sept 30, 2012

Gajurel also warned that his party would sabotage Dahal and Bhattarai’s dream of sticking to power for 25 years through a wave of street protests.
The Himalayan Times / Sept 30, 2012

They are talented, they have energy, of course, they are hard working, they are smart, but above all they have dreams. They are multi-talented because they are Horlicks Wizkids.
The Himalayan Times / Sept 30, 2012
(not exactly a dangling modifier)

As the number of city dwellers are increasing and to fulfill the needs of the swarming population there are various kinds of shopping stops around Kathmandu.
The Himalayan Times / Sept 30, 2012

p.s. I have nothing against the Himalayan Times.

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One thought on “29. A case against Nepali journalists I

  1. hehe………. Every sentence is grammatically wrong, and syntax is off. All the examples including the one with ” … Pokharel who were announcing with a wooden frame” are all gems. I believe today’s Grade IV kids can write better than these.

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