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Chapter 20 Grammar

Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers (RL)

QuestionAnswer
Correct the misplaced modifier: I only travel when absolutely necessary. I travel only when absolutely necessary.
Correct the misplaced modifier: Although I had many friends growing up, I only saw the girl who lived next door on weekends because I lived out of district from the rest of my schoolmates. Although I had many friends growing up, I saw only the girl who lived next door on weekends because I lived out of district from the rest of my schoolmates
Correct the misplaced modifier: The patient was carefully examined by the surgeon who had just had her appendix removed. The surgeon carefully examined the patient who had just had her appendix removed.
Correct the misplaced modifier: Sizzling from the grill, I enjoyed a large order of fajitas. I enjoyed a large order of fajitas that sizzled from the grill.
Correct the misplaced modifier: The student worked with a tutor who needed help with her essay to improve her writing skills. The student who needed help with her essay worked with a tutor to improve her writing skills.
Correct the misplaced modifier: Hanging on the front door, the weather damaged our traditional Christmas wreath. The weather damaged our traditional Christmas wreath which was hanging on the front door.
Correct the misplaced modifier: The Pattersons almost donated all the items for the church yard sale. The Pattersons donated almost all the items for the church yard sale.
Correct the misplaced modifier: Disoriented and confused, Alice’s son woke her two hours earlier than she expected. Alice, disoriented and confused, was awaked two hours earlier than she expected by her son.
Correct the misplaced modifier: Suspended from the rafters by a silk rope, I watched the circus acrobat transfixed. Transfixed, I watched the circus acrobat suspended from the rafters by a silk rope.
Correct the dangling modifier: Confused and frustrated, the time in the waiting room seemed excessive. The excessive wait at the office confused and frustrated me.
Correct the dangling modifier: With a wave of her hand, the passengers were ushered to their seats. With a wave of her hand, the flight attendant ushered the passengers to their seats.
Correct the dangling modifier: Walking on the beach, the golden light from sunset made long shadows behind us. As we were walking on the beach, the golden light from sunset made long shadows behind us.
Correct the dangling modifier: Cramped and overheated, the classroom’s inhabitants were extremely uncomfortable. Because the classroom was cramped and overheated, the inhabitants were extremely uncomfortable.
Correct the dangling modifier: Hurrying from the library, all my research was left behind and lost. Hurrying from the library, I left all my research behind and lost it.
Correct the dangling modifier: Swayed by the car sales person’s smooth pitch, Arlene’s resolve weakened. Swayed by the car sales person’s smooth pitch, Arlene felt her resolve weaken.
Correct the dangling modifier: By planning my study time carefully, missed assignments and last minute crams will be avoided. By planning my study time carefully, I can avoid missed assignments and last minute crams.
Correct the dangling modifier: Embarrassed by the bully, a bright red blush crept up the girl’s face as she turned to stand her ground. Embarrassed by the bully, the girl felt a bright red blush creep up her face as she turned to stand her ground.
Correct the dangling modifier: By spending time with his family, a closer relationship was established with his children. Because he spent more time with his family, the man established a closer relationship with his children.
Correct the dangling modifier: Sitting in class, Antoinette’s cell phone rang. As she was sitting in class, Antoinette’s cell phone rang.
Created by: HGTC Eng 100 on 2011-05-17



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