Putting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. In. Their. Place. Modifiers. Short phrases that describe something in a sentence Modifiers are incomplete by themselves. Misplaced Modifiers.
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Sam bought a used car from a local dealer with
a smoky tailpipe.
Sam bought a used car with a smoky tailpipe from
a local dealer.
The robin built a nest at the back of our house of
grass and string.
The robin built a nest of grass and string at the back
of our house.
Christie almost sneezed fifteen times last evening.
Christie sneezed almost fifteen times last evening.
Sitting in the dentist’s chair, the sound of
the drill made Larry sweat.
As Larry was sitting in the dentist’s chair,
the sound of the drill made him sweat.
Sitting in the dentist’s chair, the sound of the
drill made Larry sweat.
Sitting in the dentist’s chair, Larry sweated at the sound
of the drill.
Soaring through the sky, Brenda watched the high-
Brenda watched the high-powered jet soaring through
Go to the following website for some interactive exercises:
Scroll down to the heading “Structural Flaws” and
do the exercises called “Modifier Placement” and
“Modifier Placement II”.