Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Pick one character from The Crucible. Describe this characters major personality trait. 9/22 RESPOND TO THIS PROMPT IN ONE MEL-CON PARAGRAPH PICK ONE PERSONALITY TRAIT (GREEDY, SELFRIGHTEOUS, JUDGMENTAL) YOU SHOULD USE YOUR BOOK FOR HELP

10 MINUTES. WORK SILENTLY. PARTICIPATION POINTS. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers 9/22 Q: What is a modifier?

A: a word or phrase that qualifies (modifies) a word, phrase or clause Types: adjectives (modify nouns and pronouns) (for example: the RED house) adverbs (modify verbs) (for example: he ran QUICKLY) modifier phrases (modify an action or an actor)

(for example: LOOKING AT THE CLOCK, he noticed that he was late) Q: What is a misplaced modifier? A: a misplaced modifier is a word or word group whose placement suggests that it

modifies one word or phrase when it is intended to modify another. Misplaced Modifiers i. More beautiful than any human being, the explorer noticed the

mermaid. ii. Wild and untamed, Jack entered the jungle. iii.

Moaning in haunting voices, the house contained many ghosts. Q: How do I fix it? Revise the sentence

Put modifying words, phrases, and clauses in a position that clearly identifies the headword Do not awkwardly interrupt the

sentence. HINT: Usually, you can just expand the main clause. Examples: Incorrect: More beautiful than any

human being, the explorer noticed the mermaid. Correct: The explorer noticed the mermaid, which was more beautiful than any human being. Examples: Incorrect: Wild and untamed, Jack entered the jungle.

Correct: Jack entered the wild and untamed jungle. Examples: Incorrect: Moaning in haunting voices, the house contained many ghosts. Correct: The house contained many ghosts that moaned in

haunting voices. Q: What is a dangling modifier? A: A dangling modifier is a word or phrase that cannot logically

describe, limit, or restrict any word or word group in the sentence. Dangling Modifiers i. Using a variety of techniques, the

students were taught grammar. ii. To improve his essay, each page was proofread. iii.

While reading the novel, the pages that contain important information should be marked. Q: How do I fix it? A: Add a word or word group that the dangling modifier can logically modify.

HINT: YOU MUST USUALLY CHANGE THE SUBJECT OF THE MAIN CLAUSE. Examples: Incorrect: Using a variety of techniques, the students were taught grammar. Correct: Using a variety of

techniques, the teacher taught the students grammar. Example: Incorrect: To improve his essay, each page was proofread. Correct: David

To improve his essay, proofread each page. Examples: Incorrect: While reading the novel, the pages that contain important information should be marked. Correct: While reading the novel, you should mark the pages that

contain important information. Self Test: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES? FIX EACH SENTENCE IN YOUR NOTEBOOK. 1.

The professor posted the notes for the students covered in class. 2. Changing the oil every 3,000 miles, the car seemed to run better. Bright and full of flowers, Jenny

entered the meadow. With three minutes to write, the exam was nearly finished. Careful not to make a tear, the delicate paper was wrapped around the gift. 3. 4.

5.

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