Presentation on theme: "MISPLACED AND DANGLING MODIFIERS. Misplaced Modifiers Misplaced Modifiers. A phrase or a clause that acts as an adjective or adverb should be placed."— Presentation transcript:
Misplaced Modifiers Misplaced Modifiers. A phrase or a clause that acts as an adjective or adverb should be placed close to the word it modifies. Otherwise, the meaning of the sentence may be unclear. A modifier placed too far away from the word it modifies is called a misplaced modifier. Because they are misplaced, such phrases and clauses seem to modify the wrong word in a sentence.
Misplaced Modifiers (Example Nancy marched in the parade with a smile on her face. With a smile on her face, Nancy marched in the parade
Dangling Modifiers Dangling Modifiers. A modifier placed without a word to modify is called a dangling modifier. Because it is not clear what such phrases and clauses seem to modify, the meaning becomes unclear and confusing.
Dangling Modifiers (Example) Playing the trumpet, the parade was enjoyable Playing the trumpet, Elizabeth enjoyed the parade.