Take another look at the sentence:

Digging fingernails into his palms, Jerry's speech caused sweatiness and nervousness.

Digging fingernails into his palms, a participle phrase, is right next to speech, an illogical target. The person, not the speech, has the fingers! [Jerry's, a possessive noun, functions as an adjective describing speech.]

Before you continue, review the rules for misplaced and dangling modifiers.

Go back to the sentence to try again.

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