Someone moved paper from a space meant for the storage of shared materials and intended to store them in a room they are solely using.

I’m not sure how to fix the combination of the content for the nouns and pronouns that refer. Is it dangling?

  • I don't understand the question. Are you asking for help improving the phrasing? We don't do that on this site. It's question-and-answer only here
    – gotube
    Commented Aug 6, 2022 at 14:26
  • The sentence makes little sense.
    – BillJ
    Commented Aug 6, 2022 at 14:41

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I understand what the sentence seems to be intended to mean, but it is confusing and awkwardly worded. Specifically:

  • The word "paper" here is a singualr foirm. "Paper" is a mass noun. so this would mean a quantity or stack of paper, or perhaps a box of paper. it does not agree with the pronoun "them" al;thogh "paper" is the antecedent of "them". The pronoun "it" should be used instead of "them".
  • The verb "intended" is a past-tense form, but the sentence is discussing an intention that apparently never was carried out. A future form such as "from a space meant for the storage of shared materials, intending to store it..."
  • The word "solely" is accurate here, but I think it feels rather awkward. This could be rewritten to use a word such as "alone" or "separatly".

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