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Misplaced modifiers

  1. 1. Misplaced Modifiers<br />
  2. 2. “The patient was referred to a psychologist with several mental problems.”<br />“The patient with several mental problems was referred to a psychologist.”<br />
  3. 3. “Sam found a letter in the mailbox that didn’t belong to him.”<br />“Sam found a letter that didn’t belong to him in the mailbox.”<br />
  4. 4. “Two cars were reported stolen by the Hattiesburg Police yesterday.”<br />“Yesterday, the Hattiesburg Police reported that two cars were stolen.”<br />
  5. 5. “Please take time to look over the brochure that is enclosed with your family.”<br />“Please take time to look over the enclosed brochure with your family.”<br />
  6. 6. “Chris drove from his home in a Chevy to the baseball game.”<br />“Chris drove in a Chevy from his home to the baseball game.”<br />
  7. 7. Try your own!<br />The writer read from his new book wearing glasses.<br />The girl walked the dog in the short skirt.<br />I own an antique desk suitable for any student with thick legs and large drawers.<br />We have several very old dresses from our grandmother in beautiful condition.<br />One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.<br />Abe Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address while traveling from Washington on the back of a napkin.<br />Two Sister Reunited After 18 Years in the Checkout Line<br />Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case<br />Include Your Children When Baking Cookies<br />
  8. 8. Funny Similes and Metaphors<br />She grew on him like E. coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef.<br />She had a deep throaty genuine laugh like that sound a dog makes just before he throws up.<br /> He spoke with wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it. <br />
  9. 9. Funny Similes and Metaphors<br />He was a tall as a six foot three inch tree. <br />The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't. <br />McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a hefty bag filled with vegetable soup <br />Long separated by cruel fate, the star crossed lovers raced across a grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 P.M.traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 P.M. at a speed of 35 mph. <br />John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met. <br />
  10. 10. Funny Similes and Metaphors<br />The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.<br />It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids with power tools. <br />She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs. <br />