Dun Writin’—Now Whut? – 47 Dangling Modifiers (A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing)

Reblogged from Chris the Story Readin Ape’s Blog

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


In a previous article, we discussed dangling participles (http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/05/27/dun-writin-now-whut-21-split-infinitives-and-dangling-participles/). Today we’re going to discuss dangling modifiers.

If you remember, “dangling” is another word for “misplaced.” A modifier is a noun or an adjective that amends or explains, adding description to another noun. So a dangling modifier is simply a word modifying a noun that is in the wrong place, thereby making the sentence ambiguous or confusing, and sometimes downright funny.

Incorrect: The woman walked the dog in purple suede cowboy boots.

Correct: The woman in purple suede cowboy boots walked the dog.

Incorrect: We saw several monkeys on vacation in Mexico.

Correct: While on vacation in Mexico, we saw several monkeys.

Incorrect: We saw several blue jays looking out our front window.

Correct: Looking out our front window, we saw several blue jays.

Incorrect: While camping, I saw a bear in my pajamas.

Correct: While camping in my…

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About Ethel Lewis

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1948 "Texan born and Texan bred." Currently live in Galveston, Texas. I share my home with my four friends and companions---all of which have four legs and very furry bodies. Two cats, two dogs. What's that old expression? "Jack of all trades, master of none." That pretty well describes me. Earned a living grooming dogs and cats for thirty years, drove an eighteen-wheeler for nearly ten years. Raised two wonderful children, a son and a daughter--both now grown, have 5 grand-kids, and 2 great-grand-kids. Love 'em all. I recently retired, and am excited to finally find the time to do what I enjoy doing most - Writing the stories and telling the tales, born in my imagination...
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One Response to Dun Writin’—Now Whut? – 47 Dangling Modifiers (A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing)

  1. Thanks for reblogging Ethel 😀


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