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While attempting to reach his home before the storm, ________.

A. It happened that John’s bike broke down
B. The bicycle of John broke down
C. The storm caught John
D. John had an accident on his bicycle

Note: I chose A. and got it wrong. What is wrong with A?

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    If you use A, you will have what is called a "dangling participle". "attempting" has to describe something, and the only thing that makes sense is "John". "John" is "attempting to reach his home." So, D. "It" in A refers to the bike breaking down, not the attempting to get home, so it is prescriptively grammatically incorrect.

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