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Misplaced modifiers. By joseph pasley. What is a misplaced modifier?. A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes. You should place the misplaced modifier as close as possible to what it describes .

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Misplaced modifiers

Misplaced modifiers

By joseph pasley


What is a misplaced modifier
What is a misplaced modifier?

  • A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes.

  • You should place the misplaced modifier as close as possible to what it describes.

  • That means that you should try to do a good job to describe or it might not make sense.


Examples of misplaced modifiers
Examples of misplaced modifiers.

  • Ex. The torn student’s book lay on the desk.

  • The misplaced modifier is torn and it modifies students. This sentence is incorrect

  • The student’s torn book lay on the desk.

  • The correctly modified adjective is torn and it modifies book. This sentence is correct.


Small quiz
small quiz

  • Which sentence is correct?

  • 1. We ate the lunch that we had brought slowly.

  • We slowly ate the lunch that we had brought.

  • 2. On his way home, Jake found a gold man’s watch.

  • On his way home, Jake found a man’s gold watch.

  • 3. Ryan p. ate a cold dish of cereal for breakfast this morning.

  • Ryan p. ate a dish of cold cereal for breakfast this morning.

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How to avoid a misplaced modifier
How to avoid a misplaced modifier.

  • Place the modifier as close as possible to the word (or words) being modified.

  • Place adjectives that modify nouns in front of the word (or words) being modified.


Video
VIDEO!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=HPJ7eyTZKuE


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