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Correcting Dangling Modifiers

Avoid using dangling modifiers.

A modifying word, phrase, or clause that does not clearly and sensibly modify a word or word group in a sentence is a dangling modifier.

To correct a dangling modifier, add or replace words to make the meaning clear and logical.

Examples 

DANGLING
  • After winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fences, The Piano Lesson was written. [Who won the Pulitzer Prize?]
CLEAR
  • After winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fences, August Wilson wrote The Piano Lesson.

Avoid using misplaced modifiers.

A word, phrase, or clause that seems to modify the wrong word or word group in a sentence is a misplaced modifier.

Place modifying words, phrases, and clauses as near as possible to the words they modify.

Examples

MISPLACED
  • Perched in the cage, I admired the large, gray parrot. [Was I perched in the cage?]
CLEAR
  • I admired the large, gray parrot perched in the cage.

Correcting Dangling Modifiers Quiz

Choose whether that sentence contains a dangling modifier or a misplaced modifier.

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Mr. ‏El-Sayed Ramadan ‎ ‎

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