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Misplaced Modifiers. By: Mackenzie Finley. Pre-Teaching Activity. What is a modifier? What is a misplaced modifier? How many kinds are there? What are they? What are some single-worded modifiers that are usually misplaced?. Answers.

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misplaced modifiers

Misplaced Modifiers

By: Mackenzie Finley

pre teaching activity
Pre-Teaching Activity
  • What is a modifier?
  • What is a misplaced modifier?
  • How many kinds are there?
  • What are they?
  • What are some single-worded modifiers that are usually misplaced?
answers
Answers
  • A modifier is a word, phrase or clause that “modifies” another word phrase or clause.
  • A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies/describes.
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  • Misplaced adjectives, the placement of adverbs, and misplaced phrases and clauses.
  • Only, almost, just, even, merely, hardly and nearly.
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Misplaced Modifiers
  • A misplaced modifier is a word, phraseor clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies/describes.

Wrong: On her way home, Ralea found a gold man’s watch.

Right: On her way home, Ralea found a man’s gold watch.

misplaced adjectives
Misplaced Adjectives
  • Misplaced adjectives are incorrectly seperated from the nouns they modify and almost always distort the intended meaning.

Wrong: the child ate a cold bowl of cereal for breakfast.

Right: The child ate a bowl of cold cereal for breakfast.

placement of adverbs
Placement of adverbs
  • Placement of adverbs can also change the meaning of the sentence.
  • just means only John was picked no one else: Just John was picked to host the program.
  • Just means John was picked now: John was just picked to host the program.
  • Just means the John hosted only the program: John was picked to host just the program.
misplaced phrases
Misplaced Phrases
  • Misplaced phrases may cause a sentence to sound awkward and create a meaning that does not make sense.

Wrong: The three students talked in the corner doing homework.

Right: The three students doing homework talked in the corner.

misplaced clauses
Misplaced clauses
  • Misplaced clauses may cause a sentence to sound awkward and create a meaning that does not make sense.

Wrong: The teacher gave homework to the kids that were really hard.

Right: The teacher gave homework that was really hard to the kids.

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