Quick Start Guide: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers


Welcome to the Learning Commons Quick Start Guide on misplaced and dangling modifiers!

Modifiers play an important role in explaining how all the words and phrases in a sentence are related to each other. So, a dangling or misplaced modifier can make your sentence look awkward or confusing. After this lesson, you will be able to identify a faulty modifier and thereby correct it.

This guide will explain:  

  • How to identify a misplaced or a dangling modifier.
  • Where to place a modifier in a sentence based on what it modifies.
Course Information

Course Level: Beginner

Time to Complete: <10 mins

Perfect for: Students in WRTG100/101, ENGL103, or anyone who needs a refresher.

Guide Creator: Alisha Devani

Modifiers 101

This video is a primer on modifiers:

  • What they do in a sentence
  • How they can go awry
  • How they can be fixed when misused

Additional Resources

Below are some great links to follow if you want to learn more about modifiers:

Part 1:

Part 2:

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