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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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modifiers
Modifiers
  • Short phrases that describe something in a sentence
  • Modifiers are incomplete by themselves
misplaced modifiers
Misplaced Modifiers
  • A misplaced modifier is a modifier that is incorrectly separated from the word or words that it describes.
  • Misplaced modifiers seem to describe words that the author did not intend them to describe.
  • When modifiers are misplaced, the reader may misunderstand the sentence.
  • Generally, the solution is to place the modifier as close as possible to the word or words it describes.
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Misplaced Modifiers
  • Misplaced modifier:

Sam bought a used car from a local dealer with

a smoky tailpipe.

  • Corrected version:

Sam bought a used car with a smoky tailpipe from

a local dealer.

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Misplaced Modifiers
  • Misplaced modifier:

The robin built a nest at the back of our house of

grass and string.

  • Corrected version:

The robin built a nest of grass and string at the back

of our house.

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Dangling Modifiers

  • A modifier that starts a sentence must be followed right away by the word that it describes. Otherwise, the modifier is said to be dangling, and the sentence takes on an unintended meaning.
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Misplaced Modifiers
  • Misplaced modifier:

Christie almost sneezed fifteen times last evening.

  • Corrected version:

Christie sneezed almost fifteen times last evening.

dangling modifiers
Dangling Modifiers
  • Dangling modifier:

Sitting in the dentist’s chair, the sound of

the drill made Larry sweat.

  • Corrected version:

As Larry was sitting in the dentist’s chair,

the sound of the drill made him sweat.

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Dangling Modifiers
  • Dangling modifier:

Sitting in the dentist’s chair, the sound of the

drill made Larry sweat.

  • Corrected version:

Sitting in the dentist’s chair, Larry sweated at the sound

of the drill.

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Dangling Modifiers
  • Dangling modifier:

Soaring through the sky, Brenda watched the high-

powered jet.

  • Corrected version:

Brenda watched the high-powered jet soaring through

the sky.

now for some practice
Now for some practice…

Go to the following website for some interactive exercises:

  • www.webster.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm

Scroll down to the heading “Structural Flaws” and

do the exercises called “Modifier Placement” and

“Modifier Placement II”.