This was sent to me via email … a little anecdote that illustrates a grammatical point quite effectively!
On his seventy-fifth birthday, a man was given a gift certificate from his wife. The
certificate was for a visit to a medicine man living nearby who was rumored
to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.
After thinking about it, he decided to give it a try. He went to the medicine man and
gave him the certificate. The old man handed him a potion, and gripping his shoulder,
warned: “This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say
‘1-2-3.’ As soon as you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been
in your life, and you can perform as long as you want.”
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The man was encouraged. As he walked away, he turned and asked, “How do I stop
the medicine from working?”
“Your partner must say ‘1-2-3-4,'” he responded, “but when she does, the
medicine will not work again until the next full moon.”
He raced home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited
his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes
and said, “1-2-3!” Immediately, he was the manliest of men.
His wife began throwing off her clothes, and then asked, “What was the 1-2-3 for?”
This, my friends, is what happens when you end a sentence with a preposition … a dangling participle.