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Misplaced Modifiers for Eng 2A unit 2

Items Involving Misplaced Modifiers
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Matt Lipford

on 12 September 2012

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Transcript of Misplaced Modifiers for Eng 2A unit 2

ITEMS INVOLVING MISPLACED MODIFIERS A misplaced modifier is a word or phrase Look at this sentence:

Driving down the road, a herd of sheep suddenly crossed the road in front of Liza’s car. (Incorrect)

This sentence is incorrect because it seems to say that a herd of sheep – rather than Liza – was driving down the road. The participial phrase is misplaced. Misplaced Modifier
Examples!!! ;-) Present Participle Walking along the beach, the ship was spotted by the men. Example Correction Walking along the beach, the men spotted the ship. Past Participle Example Based on this study, the scientist could make several conclusions. Correction Based on this study, several conclusions could be made by the scientist. Appositive A resort city in Arkansas, the population of Hot Springs is about 35,000. Example Correction A resort city in Arkansas, Hot Springs has a population of about 35,000. Reduced adjective clause Example While peeling onions, his eyes began to water. Correction While he was peeling onions, his eyes began to water. Adjective phrases Example Warm and mild, everyone enjoys the climate of the Virgin Islands. Correction Everyone enjoys the warm, mild climate of the Virgin Islands. Expressions whit like or unlike Example Like most cities, parking is a problem in San Francisco. Correction Like most cities, San Francisco has a parking problem. Original copy byGabriela Mendoza Orihuela
Javier Villalba Jaramillo
Additions by Matt Lipford Misplaced modifiers are usually easy to spot. They generally cause the reader to visualize the wrong thing happening . To correct this, you must decide what subject the modifier correctly refers to. TIP
If you reread your sentences and notice something could be read in an unintended way, rephrase the sentence or phrase to ensure the readers understand your writing and your writing's meaning. THE END But, what's a modifier?
How can it be "misplaced? A modifier is a word or phrase
that provides description. that is not in the right place of a sentence. Misplaced modifiers confuse readers
because the reader is not sure what
is being described. This sentence now correctly has Liza in the driver’s seat instead of the sheep. As Liza was driving down the road, a herd of sheep suddenly crossed the road in front of her. (Correct) The sentence can be corrected
like this:
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