Take another look at the sentence:

Slathering the popcorn with melted butter, the calorie count skyrocketed.

Slathering the popcorn with melted butter, a participle phrase, has no target in the sentence. When a modifier has no word to describe, it is dangling.

To fix the problem, you should revise the sentence like this: When Aida decided to slather the popcorn with melted butter, the calorie count skyrocketed. Adding Aida to the sentence lets the reader know who is ruining the calorie count.

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