Misplaced Modifiers. What is a misplaced modifier?. A misplaced modifier is a word, clause or phrase that is misplaced in the sentence so that it does not describe what the writer wanted to describe. Example #1. Sam screamed at the barking dog in his underwear.
What is wrong with this sentence?
Sam screamed at the barking dog in his underwear.
Sam, in his underwear, screamed at the barking dog.
In his underwear, Sam screamed at the barking dog.
While I was smoking my pipe, my cat curled up next to me.
…it looks as though the rock was climbing the mountain because it is missing a subject.