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Misplaced Modifier - Glossary of Terms

Misplaced Modifier

A misplaced modifier makes the meaning of a sentence ambiguous.


Andrew told us after the holiday that he intends to stop drinking.

In this example, it is not clear whether Andrew made this statement after the holiday or whether he intends to stop drinking after the holiday. The words in bold are known as a misplaced modifier.


We will not sell paraffin to anyone in glass bottles

Interactive example:
Running quickly improves your health. [show me the misplaced modifier]
Associated pages:
Squinting modifier
Glossary of grammatical terms

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