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Devon 09-01-2008 02:09 PM

Misplaced Modifiers
Misplaced Modifiers

A word or phrase that unintentionally modifies a word, sometimes with humorous results. Place modifying words or phrases close to the word it modifies.

While boarding at the kennel, the trainer will handle your dog contains a misplaced modifier. The dog will be boarding at the kennel, not the trainer.

You can correct this by moving the right subject closer to the modifier: While boarding at the kennel, your dog will be handled by the trainer. Though the corrected sentence is in passive voice, the right word is now being modified.

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