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Misplaced Modifiers,. Or words in the wrong place. “Life is a promise; fulfill it.” Mother Theresa . To begin with, can anyone define modifier?. A modifier is a word or phrase that describes something. There are two types of modifiers in the English language. Adverbs-describe verbs

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Misplaced Modifiers,

Or words in the wrong place

“Life is a promise; fulfill it.”Mother Theresa


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To begin with, can anyone define modifier?

  • A modifier is a word or phrase that describes something.

  • There are two types of modifiers in the English language.

  • Adverbs-describe verbs

  • Adjective-describe nouns


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Some examples of modifiers in action.

  • The tall man with the suntan sat under the palm tree.

  • In this sentence we have two modifiers tall and with the suntan.

  • The sentence as it is written makes perfect sense;however consider the sentence on the next slide.


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Example of misplaced modifier

  • The tall man sat under the palm tree with the suntan.

  • If you read this sentence quickly, it seems to make sense; but when you read it slowly, you might ask yourself, can a palm tree have a suntan? The answer is no, of course.

  • This is an example of a misplaced modifier. The modifier is in the wrong place and makes the sentence confusing. Remember the modifier should always come close to what it modifies.


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Consider this example:

  • The lady with three legs bought a piano.

  • To correct follow these steps.

  • One, find the modifier.

  • Two, check if it makes sense where it is

  • Three, if it seems to be misplaced, find it’s true place.


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  • Could you correct it?

  • Correction:

  • The lady bought a piano with three legs.

  • (The incorrect sentence made it seem as if the lady had three legs.)


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I think you now have a better idea of what is a misplaced modifier. Let’s practice. Remember the three steps.

  • I saw a mouse going to our class meeting.

  • Flying around the room, I saw two mockingbirds.

  • Climbing a tree the other day, I saw a monkey at the zoo.

  • I bought a puppy for my brother with a cute little tail.

  • A cow is wanted by a farmer weighing about 1500 pounds.


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Corrections: modifier. Let’s practice. Remember the three steps.

  • Going to our class meeting, I saw a mouse.

  • I saw a mouse going to our class meeting.

  • I saw two mockingbirds flying around the room. Flying around the room, I saw two mockingbirds.

  • The other day I saw a monkey climbing a tree at the zoo. Climbing a tree the other day, I saw a monkey at the zoo.

  • I bought a puppy with a cute little tail for my brother. I bought a puppy for my brother with a cute little tail.

  • A cow weighing about 1500 pounds is wanted by a farmer. A cow is wanted by a farmer weighing about 1500 pounds.


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More practice modifier. Let’s practice. Remember the three steps.

  • I returned the kitty to my Mom which had been missing for a couple of days.

  • I relaxed on the mat wearing my Hawaiian shirt and shorts.

  • I replaced a tile on the floor that was loose.

  • I was bathing my dog while singing a beautiful melody.

  • Jerry stepped on the snake without any shoes on.

  • I bought the used television from a friend with a broken antennae.


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Corrections: modifier. Let’s practice. Remember the three steps.

  • I returned the kitty which had been missing for a couple of days to my Mom.

  • Wearing my Hawaiian shirt and shorts,I relaxed on the mat.

  • I replaced a tile that was loose on the floor.

  • While singing a beautiful melody, I was bathing my.

  • Without any shoes on, Jerry stepped on the snake.

  • I bought the used television with a broken antennae from a friend.


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Assignment: modifier. Let’s practice. Remember the three steps.

  • Carlos returned the hot dog to the Circle K that was rotten.

  • I love the donuts from HEB with the vanilla frosting.

  • My cousin told me how to get to her business in a telegram.

  • Alex visited the hospital, still worn out from all the work.

  • The woman by the pool with the bright T-shirt always drank water.


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