Dun Writin’—Now Whut? – 47 Dangling Modifiers (A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing)

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In a previous article, we discussed dangling participles (http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/05/27/dun-writin-now-whut-21-split-infinitives-and-dangling-participles/). Today we’re going to discuss dangling modifiers.

If you remember, “dangling” is another word for “misplaced.” A modifier is a noun or an adjective that amends or explains, adding description to another noun. So a dangling modifier is simply a word modifying a noun that is in the wrong place, thereby making the sentence ambiguous or confusing, and sometimes downright funny.

Incorrect: The woman walked the dog in purple suede cowboy boots.

Correct: The woman in purple suede cowboy boots walked the dog.

Incorrect: We saw several monkeys on vacation in Mexico.

Correct: While on vacation in Mexico, we saw several monkeys.

Incorrect: We saw several blue jays looking out our front window.

Correct: Looking out our front window, we saw several blue jays.

Incorrect: While camping, I saw a bear in my pajamas.

Correct: While camping in my…

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2 responses to “Dun Writin’—Now Whut? – 47 Dangling Modifiers (A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing)

  1. Thanks for the reblog MaliaAnn :D

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