MODIFIERS. MISPLACED / DANGLING / SQUINTING MODIFIERS Complied by Ms. Terri Yueh. Modifiers. A modifier is a word or group of words that describe or modify. To prevent confusion, you need to place your modifiers as closely as possible to the words which they describe.
MISPLACED / DANGLING / SQUINTING
Complied by Ms. Terri Yueh
? He nearly brushed his teeth for twenty minutes every night.
? Jane: I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith
Michael: Oh yeah? What's his other leg named?
Revision: I am taking my suit with the bad flyto the tailor.
Revision: The plane, loaded with passengers and fuel, ascended into the night sky.
Revision: I bought a car with low mileage and cruise control from the salesman.
? While reading the newspaper, my dog sat with me on the front steps.
? Boring and silly, I turn the TV show off.
? To take good pictures, a good camera must be used.
? When five years old, my grandfather brought me to Ali Mountain.
? After seeing the movie Sleepless in Seattle, a trip to the Seattle was planned.
After seeing the movie Sleepless in Seattle, Amy planned a trip to the city.
? By shopping early in the morning, it is not difficult to buy fresh vegetables.
By shopping early in the morning, we won’t have difficulty to buy fresh vegetables.
Revision: To finish the marathon, I will need much endurance.
Revision 1: While driving down the Kenting Bay, we saw hundreds of birds.
Revision 2: As we were driving down the Kenting Bay, we saw hundreds of birds.
If the modifiers have nothing to modify in the sentence, then they are dangling and the sentence needs revision!
? He promised on his way home to visit us.
? The girl had been dancing gracefully entered the room.
? In summer my neighbors ask me often to go apple picking with them.
If the modifiers can modify different things in the sentence, then they are squinting and your sentence needs revision!
? John always tries to efficiently and promptly do his work.
? Mr. White wanted to, if he could find time, recheck his figures.
If he could find time,Mr. White wanted to recheck his figures.
? We have to, when the real estate market returns to normal, consider purchasing an house.
We have to consider, when the real estate market returns to normal, purchasing an house.