Misplaced and dangling modifiers

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Misplaced and dangling modifiers

  1. 1. Misplaced andDangling Modifiers
  2. 2. What is a misplaced modifier? Modifiers are words or word groups that describe other words in a sentence. In the following sentence, the words in bold modify woman. The woman who is sitting by the door is my sister. A misplaced modifier, because it is not correctly placed, describes the wrong word or words:INCORRECT Marcy saw the neighbor’s dog drinking a cocktail.CORRECT Drinking a cocktail, Marcy saw the neighbor’s dog.
  3. 3. Four types of modifiers are often misplaced. (See your textbook for more specific details.) Modifiers such as only, almost, hardly, nearly, and just. Modifiers that start with –ing verbs, like playing, dancing, driving, singing. Modifiers that are prepositional phrases (phrases that begin with prepositions like in, on, at, around). Modifying word groups that start with who, whose, that, or which.
  4. 4. What is a dangling modifier? A dangling modifier “dangles” because the word or words it is supposed to describe are not in the sentence.INCORRECT Jogging in the park, a dog bit me. [The dog wasn’t jogging in the park; the actual jogger is missing from the sentence.]CORRECT Jogging in the park, I got bitten by a dog. OR While I was jogging in the park, a dog bit me.
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