OMG, are we going to go back to high school english here? An adjective, in normal syntax, is placed before the noun subject it describes, unless the sentence is modified by an adverb. Thus, "thin" placed after the "legs' it describes is incorrect. It's not my fault this is incorrect I didn't invent English.
I really don't care how you choose to write, I'm just saying that the syntax is wrong, according to what I've learned.
"English adjectives are held typically to have the following characteristics,among others. In syntactic terms, they are typically pre-modifiers (‘attributes’) of a nominal, e.g. a beautiful picture, recursively so, as in a beautiful small picture; or they are predicates (e.g. this picture is beautiful). In both functionsthey are themselves amenable to pre-modification by degree and other adverbs (e.g. very small, exceptionally beautiful), thus demonstrating their property of being heads of adjective phrases. And they are typically gradable, e.g. smaller, more beautiful etc. In semantic terms, typical adjectives are ascriptive: they denote ‘a property which is valid for the entity instantiated by the noun’ (Ferris 1993: 24), such that beautiful expresses a property of the picture. And finally, typical adjectives are said to be intersective: a beautiful picture is a member of the intersection of the set of pictures and the set of beautiful objects (Siegel
“ Thin, barely capable of supporting a body,
her pale legs moved across the floor. “
barely capable of supporting a body,
and her pale
are all adjectival descriptors associated with the legs they describe.
There is no such thing as an "almost dangler" either it is or it isn't. In the example below the adjectival phrase is placed before the wrong noun and misconstrues the meaning of a sentence. This is an entirely different problem that I don't think is at issue here.
"Here’s an example of a problem involving syntax: “Tail wagging merrily, Bertie took the dog for a walk.” As the words are arranged now, the tail is attached to Bertie, not to the dog. Let’s put the tail where it belongs: “Tail wagging merrily, the dog went for a walk with Bertie.”
This common error, called a dangler, involves putting a word or phrase in the wrong place so it describes the wrong thing. You can find a lot more examples of screwy syntax in “The Compleat Dangler” chapter of my grammar book Woe Is I."
[This message has been edited by turtle (02-01-2009 03:17 PM).]