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Misplaced Modifiers

Sep 5, 2022

Misplaced Modifiers: If a modifier is improperly separated from the word/words that it describes, then it is known as a misplaced modifier. 

There are four different ways modifiers can be misplaced. 

  1. Misplaced adjective: Misplaced adjectives are usually separated from the noun that they are describing, and because of this, the meaning of the entire sentence ends up getting distorted. 

Correction: These can be corrected by simply placing the adjective next to the noun it modifies. 

  1. Misplaced adverb: Misplaced adverbs are separated from the verb that they modify. These sentences can have multiple different meanings, depending on where the word modifier is placed in the sentence. This can happen with words like “just”, “only”, “nearly”, “almost”, “merely”, etc. 

Correction: Such sentences can be corrected by ensuring that the modifier is placed in the position. 

  1. Misplaced phrase or clause: Sometimes, entire phrases or clauses are misplaced and, in such cases, the sentence tends to lose all meaning. 

Correction: These can be corrected by placing the misplaced phrases or clauses next to the nouns they modify. 

  1. Dangling modifier: A dangling modifier is one that is not linked to anything in a sentence. It is not modifying anything. 


  1. Leave the modifier as it is, and change the main part of the sentence so that the modified term is placed next to the modifier. 
  1. Change the modifier by adding a subject and verb, and leave the remaining part of the sentence as it is. 


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