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Modifiers. Misplaced and Dangling. Modifiers. A modifying word or group of words is very important to add information and make your sentences interesting. However, confusion results when we misplace a modifier, and even more when we leave it dangling. . Modifiers.

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Modifiers

Modifiers

Misplaced and Dangling


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Modifiers

A modifying word or group of words is very

important to add information and make your

sentences interesting. However, confusion

results when we misplace a modifier, and even

more when we leave it dangling.


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Think of a misplaced modifier as a man hanging

from the ledge of a very tall building. Standing

along the ledge are the words in a sentence. He

must inch along the ledge by his fingertips

looking for the place where he fits, that is the

place where he can get a step up to the ledge.



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Similarly, think of a dangling modifier in the

same way. However this poor guy has no place

to fit because the word he needs to modify is

still inside the building—inside the writer’s head.


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If the writer does not add words to the ledge,

the dangling modifiers will drop!



Example
Example

While walking toward the stage, his face turned

red.


While walking toward the stage his face turned red
While walking toward the stage, his face turned red.

Picture and words by Sharon L. Pugh, Jean Wolph Hicks, Marcia Davis, and Tonya Venstra. Bridging: A Teacher’s Guide to Metaphorical Thinking. Bloomington: NCTE, 1992.


Example1
Example

Blocked from kicking, the ball made its way into

the end zone anyway.


Blocked from kicking the ball made its way into the end zone anyway
Blocked from kicking, the ball made its way into the end zone anyway.

Picture and words by Sharon L. Pugh, Jean Wolph Hicks, Marcia Davis, and Tonya Venstra. Bridging: A Teacher’s Guide to Metaphorical Thinking. Bloomington: NCTE, 1992.


Example2
Example zone anyway.

Butterflies may become extinct by using

pesticides.


Butterflies may become extinct by using pesticides
Butterflies may become extinct by using pesticides. zone anyway.

Picture and words by Sharon L. Pugh, Jean Wolph Hicks, Marcia Davis, and Tonya Venstra. Bridging: A Teacher’s Guide to Metaphorical Thinking. Bloomington: NCTE, 1992.


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Modifiers zone anyway.

So remember, when using modifiers, give them a

place to stand!


Works cited
Works Cited zone anyway.

Pugh, Sharon L., Jean Wolph Hicks, Marcia Davis, and Tonya Venstra. Bridging: A Teacher’s Guide to Metaphorical Thinking. Bloomington: NCTE, 1992. Print


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