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Todd A. Rose
Is it necessary to mention the "password" since it's irrelevant? How about: "This feature allows an application to communicate with RWS using a token and an application ID."

Tuesday, 21 June 2011 08:07
 
Betty Haley
Well, if it isn't the application doing the using, it most certainly is dangling! :-) Actually on second thought, I believe that using goes with the infinitive to communicate.
Monday, 20 June 2011 17:50
 
Chen Dushek
Interesting feedback.
Jill, recasting the sentence is certainly in order.
Betty, what if it isn't the application doing the using? Also, wouldn't it still be dangling since there are other nouns after "application" that could possibly be doing the using, such as RWS?
Monday, 20 June 2011 17:38
 
Betty Haley
No, I don't think so. The one doing the using is the application, which communicates by using a token... instead of a password. The comma in front of using is not required by the grammar of the sentence. But maybe inserting the word by would make the sentence clearer. Here's my (slight) revision:

This feature allows an application to communicate with RWS without a password by using a token and an application ID.

Monday, 20 June 2011 16:47
 
Jill Saunders
I'm honestly not sure on whether or not that is a dangling modifier (so I'll be watching for the answer to this question myself), but I would reword the sentence either way as it's slightly awkward to read.

My suggestion: This feature allows an application to communicate with RWS using a token and an application ID, eliminating the need for a password. (And I wouldn't even include that last phrase unless your point was to mention specifically that this feature doesn't require a password.)

As I don't have any context, that might not work, but I thought I'd give my two cents anyway! :)
Monday, 20 June 2011 16:32