The Scroll of Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

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The Scroll of Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

The ability to recognize and correct misplaced and dangling modifiers.

The Scroll of Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers



A modifier is a wonderful tool. Without modifiers, you could never say that a pretty girl took home a happy dog or that a nice boy bought a yummy popsicle. In case you didn't get it from the underlines, a modifier is a word or phrase that provides more information about something being discussed in the sentence. Modifiers are usually adjectives (words that describe nouns or pronouns) or adverbs (words that describe verbs, adjectives and other adverbs).

What is a modifier?

A misplaced modifier is in a modifier that is in the wrong place. For example:The pretty girl fast ran. "Fast" is modifying girl, so it is misplaced.Hoping it would rain, the umbrella was brought by Ann. "Hoping it would rain" is modifying Ann, since Ann is the person who was hoping it would rain. As written, this sentence makes it sound as though the umbrella was hoping it would rain. While an umbrella might very well hope for such a thing, umbrellas aren't really capable of hoping and so the sentence is illogical.

A dangling modifier modifies something that never actually appears in the sentence. For example:Hoping it would rain, the umbrella was brought. In this sentence, there isn't a single person mentioned who has the ability to hope it would rain. The subject being modified is missing entirely and the modifier is left dangling all by itself.

Misplaced Modifiers

Dangling Modifiers


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