Misplaced Modifiers (Clauses) Video Lesson

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Misplaced Modifiers (Clauses) Definition

A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that changes the meaning of something in a sentence. When a modifier is placed incorrectly in a sentence and modifies the wrong object, we call it a misplaced modifier.

Examples of Misplaced Modifiers (Clauses)

Some examples of misplaced modifiers (clauses) would be the following:

 

Stuart received a failing grade from Ms. Osborne who was caught cheating on his test.

(Incorrect: Ms. Osborne = was caught cheating on his test)

Correction: Stuart, who was caught cheating on his test, received a failing grade from Ms. Osborne.

(Correct: Stuart = was caught cheating on his test)

 

Lorraine sold cookies to her neighbors which had chocolate chips and walnuts in them.

(Incorrect: neighbors = had chocolate chips and walnuts in them)

Correction: Lorraine sold cookies, which had chocolate chips and walnuts in them, to her neighbors.

(Correct: cookies = had chocolate chips and walnuts in them)

 

My parents gave a used car to my sister that only needed a new set of tires.

(Incorrect: sister = only needed a new set of tires)

Correction: My parents gave a used car that only needed a new set of tires to my sister.

(Correct: car = only needed a new set of tires)

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