Thursday, April 27, 2017

Modifiers

Modifiers should be placed as close as possible to the nouns they modify. A dangling modifier is a word or phrase that attempts to modify a noun that isn’t actually in the sentence. Sometimes, the target noun does appear in the sentence but is too far away, which results in the modifier getting attached to the wrong noun. In the following examples, the subordinate clause and the subject are in bold to illustrate how one modifies the other.

Incorrect Exiting the building, the sunlight blinded me.
Correct Exiting the building, I was blinded by the sunlight.

Incorrect Having studied hard, the test was passed.
Correct Having studied hard, Chris passed the test.

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