Posted by: Jack Henry | October 23, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Fun with Misplaced Modifiers

Not long ago, I shared some misplaced modifiers with you and I got a lot of positive responses, so because it’s fun Friday, I’m going to share some more funny ones.

First some definitions:

· A modifier is a word of phrase that adds detail or description to a sentence.

· A misplaced modifier is a phrase or clause that is in the wrong place in the sentence. It acts on (modifies) something other than what the writer intended.

Here are some stunning examples of misplaced modifiers:

· He wore a straw hat on his head, which was obviously too small.

· I saw the dead raccoon driving down the interstate.

· My parents bought a dog for my brother named Spot.

· I have several very old dresses from my grandmother in beautiful condition.

· While camping, I saw a bear in my pajamas.

· I gave some food to my kitten and chopped it up.

· Pizza was given to the teenagers that had pepperoni and olives on them.

· The hunter crouched behind a tree waiting for a bear to come along with a bow and arrow.

· Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope.

· For sale: an antique desk suitable for a lady with thick legs and large drawers.

· Mixing bowl set designed to please a cook with round bottom for efficient beating.

Enjoy your day and your weekend!

Donna Bradley Burcher | Senior Technical Editor | Symitar®

8985 Balboa Ave. | San Diego, CA 92123 | Ph. 619.278.0432 | Ext: 765432

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