Where to Place Modifiers in a Sentence

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Where to Place Modifiers in a Sentence

  1. 1. Where to Place Modifiers in a Sentence University of the Sacred Heart Department of Humanities Center for Language Development Across the Disciplines LAD
  2. 2. Objective <ul><li>To help the student write clear, precise sentences by placing modifiers correctly </li></ul>
  3. 3. Modifiers <ul><li>Modifying words and phrases are used to explain, expand, or clarify the meaning of a sentence </li></ul><ul><li>If modifiers are not properly placed, the sentence might be confusing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Placing Modifiers <ul><li>Find the misplaced modifiers in the following sentences: </li></ul><ul><li>Myrna distracted Jim when he was about to study with her friends for the test. </li></ul><ul><li>James entered the room while I was watering the plants with a cup of tea. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Placing Modifiers <ul><li>Look at the correct position of the modifiers now. </li></ul><ul><li>When Jim was about to study for the test . Myrna distracted him with her friends . </li></ul><ul><li>James entered the room with a cup of tea while I was watering the plants. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>In the first case, it is understood that Jim was going to study with Myrna’s friends </li></ul><ul><li>Once the modifiers are placed correctly, it is understood that Myrna and her friends distracted Jim when he was about to study </li></ul>Placing Modifiers
  7. 7. <ul><li>In the second case, it is first understood that I was watering the plants with a cup of tea </li></ul><ul><li>Once the modifiers are placed correctly, it is understood that James entered the room with a cup of tea </li></ul>Placing Modifiers
  8. 8. The Use of Commas With Modifiers <ul><li>Punctuation is also very important when </li></ul><ul><li>placing modifiers. </li></ul><ul><li>John, my brother sneaked out of the house last night. </li></ul><ul><li>John, my brother, sneaked out of the house last night. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>In the first example, it is understood that I am talking to someone called John, and telling him that my brother sneaked out last night </li></ul><ul><li>In the second example, it is understood that John, who is my brother, sneaked out last night </li></ul>The Use of Commas With Modifiers
  10. 10. Remember <ul><li>To write clear sentences, place adjectives, adverbs, phrases, and other modifiers near the word or phrase being modified </li></ul><ul><li>Use commas correctly to convey the message properly </li></ul>
  11. 11. For More Information <ul><li>Index English Grammar and Composition </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of Fun with Grammar </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.seasite.niu.edu/flin/103_handouts/sentences_and_phrases.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar Book Table of Contents </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.grammarbook.com/exercises/grammar/cnt_gram.html </li></ul>
  12. 12. Center for Language Development Across the Disciplines Prepared by: Thalia N. Nazario-Santiago English Mentor April-June 2003 Revised by: Patricia Kidd August 2004 Revised by: Prof. Delia Serrano January 2005

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