English Grammar question writers choice grade 10 study guide

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Match the misplaced or dangling modifier reference to the correct

solution: A misplaced modifier

     Solution:

     a. Rewrite the sentence, adding a noun to which the dangling

        phrase clearly refers. Often you will have to add other words

        to make the meaning of the sentence clear.

     b. Move the misplaced phrase as close as possible to the word or

        words it modifies.

     c. Place the adverb only immediately before the word or group of

        words it modifies.

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     b. Move the misplaced phrase as close as possible to the word or

        words it modifies.

To correct a misplaced modifier, move the modifier as close as possible to the word or phrase it is describing. 

Here's an example of a misplaced modifier:

  • They bought a puppy for my sister they call Fido.

As this sentence is written, it means that the sister, not the puppy, is named Fido. That's because the modifier “they call Fido” is in the wrong place in the sentence. 

To correct a misplaced modifier, move the modifier as close as possible to the word or phrase it is describing. 

Here's how the sentence should read:

  • They bought a puppy they call Fido for my sister.

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