Move your modifier!. A Lesson in Misplaced Modifiers. Misplaced Modifier?. A fancy definition from Purdue OWL: “ A modifier is a word or phrase that adds detail or description to a sentence.”
A Lesson in Misplaced Modifiers
This is implying that Jan found a watch owned by a gold man…
Hmm…a gold man…
How silly is that?!
In this situation, Jan found a watch that was constructed of gold and made specifically for a man to wear.
This was a case in which the misplaced modifier was the improper use of an adjective.
Misplaced modifiers can be:
This can often create
We may never know what John was meant to do because of the misplacement of this adverb.
These make sentences sound awkward and, more often than not, do not make sense
Nobody wants to live in a house made of barbed wire. OUCH!
Misplaced clauses can also make sentences sound awkward whilst creating incomprehensible meaning.
OH no! When are the essays being returned??Was it on a Monday the students were informed by the teacher?
Were they informed that the essays are going to be returned on a Monday?
Although misplaced modifiers can be humorous and accidentally make us unintentional comedians, they should ALWAYS be avoided within your writing.
This helps avoid many misunderstandings in the long run.
Modifiers can be corrected be rearranging words, inserting new words, rewording the sentence, or a combination of the three.
In this case…Mother doesn’t accidentally make us unintentional comedians, they should ALWAYS be avoided within your writing. always know best.
She has been outwitted by her son who, according to her, is eating a fancy hotdog.
Benner, Margaret L. accidentally make us unintentional comedians, they should ALWAYS be avoided within your writing. Self Teaching Unit: Avoiding Misplaced and Dangling Modifers. 2000. Towson University. December 2013. <http://www.towson.edu/ows/moduledangling.htm>. Web.
“Examples of Misplaced Modifiers.” YourDictionary,n.d. December 2013. <http://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-misplaced-modifiers.html>. Web.
Wells, Jaclyn M. 1.2: Modifiers. Ed. Allen Brizee. March 2013. The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue. December 2013. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/engagement/2/1/36/>.