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Misplaced Modifiers!. What is a Misplaced modifier?. a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes. Modifiers are words, phrases, or clauses that provide description in sentences.

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what is a misplaced modifier
What is a Misplaced modifier?
  • a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes
  • Modifiers are words, phrases, or clauses that provide description in sentences.
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Misplacing a modifier can change the original meaning of the sentence. This can create a Humorous Meaning.
misplaced adjectives
Misplaced Adjectives
  • Correct the error by placing the adjective next to the noun it modifies.

Riley ate a cold dish of cereal for breakfast this morning.

modifying adverbs
Modifying Adverbs
  • An adverb is a word that changes or qualifies the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, clause, sentence or any other word or phrase
  • How?In what way?, When?Where?To what extent?
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More Misplaced Modifiers (Adverbs)
  • Haley ate the lunch she made slowly.
  • Haley slowly ate the lunch she made.
ambiguous modifiers
Ambiguous Modifiers
  • Miss Geiger said on Monday she would return our essays.
dangling modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
  • A dangling modifier is a phrase or clause that is not clearly and logically related to the word or words it modifies.
dangling modifier example
Dangling Modifier Example

Now the sentence means that I was looking toward the west.

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Dangling Modifiers
  • Correction Method #2:
    • Change the dangling modifier phrase to a subordinate clause, creating a subject and verb.
    • Leave the rest of the sentence as it is.
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Some examples provided by: http://www.towson.edu/ows/moduledangling.htm

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