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Misplacedanddanglingmodifiers1 130501074816-phpapp01

  1. 1. DANGLING & MISPLACED MODIFIERS
  2. 2. TAKE THE QUIZ At the end of each lesson there is a link that says “Home” that will bring you back here.
  3. 3. LEARN MISPLACED MODIFIERS A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes the wrong noun. A misplaced modifier can change the meaning of a sentence. Going back to the quiz? Click here
  4. 4. FOR EXAMPLE Incorrect: The torn student’s book was on the desk. Rebecca found a gold man’s watch. The sentence should say: The student’s torn book was on the desk. Rebecca found a man’s gold watch.
  5. 5. HERE’S WHY By saying the torn student’s book was on the desk, the reader thinks the student is torn, where in reality it is the book that is torn. The word torn is meant to describe the book, but it is closer to the noun student. This may cause confusion to the reader. By saying Rebecca found a gold man’s watch, the reader thinks the man is gold. Gold needs to be closest to the noun it is describing. Therefor we move gold next to watch. HOME
  6. 6. LEARN DANGLING MODIFIERS A dangling modifier is a phrase or clause that does not have a noun to describe. It is a phrase meaning to describe the narrator or someone but is forgetting to put that noun along with the description. These sentences can often not make sense to the reader. Going back to the quiz? Click here
  7. 7. FOR EXAMPLE Incorrect: Having seen the Blackpool Tower, the Eiffel Tower is more impressive. Hoping to excuse my lateness, the note was written and given to my teacher. The sentence should say: Having seen the Blackpool Tower, I am more impressed by the Eiffel Tower. Hoping to excuse my lateness, I wrote a note and gave it to my teacher
  8. 8. HERE’S WHY The modifying phrase in the first example is having seen the Blackpool Tower. The noun it describes should be closest to it, but the next noun is the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower did not see the Blackpool Tower, and there is not another noun in the sentence that could. For this reason, the modifier is dangling. The modifying phrase in the second example is hoping to excuse my lateness. The noun closest to it is the note, but the note did not hope to excuse it’s lateness. The next noun is the teacher, but she did not want to excuse herself either. There is not a noun that wants to excuse themselves, so the modifier is dangling. HOME
  9. 9. QUIZ Quiz yourself to see if you have mastered modifiers.
  10. 10. WHAT DOES A MISPLACED MODIFIER DESCRIBE? They describe the closest noun, but not the intended noun. Need help? Click here to go back to the lesson!
  11. 11. WHAT IS A DANGLING MODIFIER? A word, phrase, or clause that describes the wrong noun A missing description A phrase or clause that describes a noun that is missing A phrase that changes a sentence A word used to describe a noun Need help? Click here to go back to the lesson!
  12. 12. WHICH CONTAINS A DANGLING MODIFIER? To become a respected politician, campaign funds must be carefully administered. Spending way too much money on his old car, Fred soon found he'd used up his salary. Hoping for a present, Stephen ran down the stairs. All of the above None of the above
  13. 13. WHICH SENTENCE IS WRITTEN CORRECTLY? I like to listen to rock music while I do my homework. The dog walked down the street. The children loved the monkeys swinging through the trees. All of the above None of the above
  14. 14. MODIFIERS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE DIRECTLY NEXT TO THE NOUN THEY DESCRIBE.
  15. 15. DOES THIS SENTENCE CONTAIN A DANGLING MODIFIER? At the age of eight, my family finally bought a dog. The narrator never said who was eight. The sentence could say “At the age of eight, I got a dog.”
  16. 16. WHICH MODIFIER DOES THIS SENTENCE CONTAIN? Louis found the shiny dog’s shoes.
  17. 17. WHAT IS A NOUN?
  18. 18. WHICH NOUN IS INTENDED TO BE DESCRIBED? Without a plan for the weekend, we decided to take in a Saturday matinee.
  19. 19. WHICH NOUN IS DESCRIBED BY A MODIFIER?
  20. 20. CONGRATULATIONS! You finished the quiz! Go to review lessons & see bibliography.

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