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Topic 2: How to Identify a Misplaced Modifier

A misplaced modifier is a modifier that is not clearly placed near the subject that it intends to modify, causing confusion.

  •  A modifier should be placed closest to what it modifies. 
  • If it is an adverb, it should be placed closest to the verb.
    • Example: The man is running fast
  • If it is an adjective, it should be placed closest to the noun.
    • Ex. The cute little dog is looking at the squirrel.
  • If it is a phrase, it should be placed nearest to the subject that it modifies.
    • Ex. The squirrel, which is sitting on the tree, is being watched by the dog.
Your Turn: Test Your Understanding

Test yourself to see if you understand proper modifier usage.

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