Review: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

Indicate whether each sentence does or does not contain a misplaced modifier or a dangling modifier.

 

 

1. Flashing a huge grin, Ralph apologised for being late and then handed his grandmother a bouquet of lilacs.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "flashing a huge grin" is correctly modifying the noun "Ralph."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "flashing a huge grin" is correctly modifying the noun "Ralph."

 

 

 

 

2. The surgeon was able to quickly and painlessly remove the stitches from Greta's forehead.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The adverbs "quickly and painlessly" are splitting the infinitive "to remove."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The adverbs "quickly and painlessly" are splitting the infinitive "to remove."

 

 

 

 

3. After gathering wild flowers all summer and pressing them between the pages of a heavy book, the dried petals were ready for Teresa to make greeting cards to sell at the fair.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "after gathering wild flowers all summer and pressing them between the pages of a heavy book" is illogically modifying "petals" instead of modifying "Teresa."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "after gathering wild flowers all summer and pressing them between the pages of a heavy book" is illogically modifying "petals" instead of modifying "Teresa."

 

 

 

 

4. We had almost watched the entire movie when suddenly the person behind us blurted out, "The doctor did it!"

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The adverb "almost" is incorrectly modifying "watched" -- we "almost watched" -- when it should be modifying "the entire" -- "almost the entire movie."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The adverb "almost" is incorrectly modifying "watched" -- we "almost watched" -- when it should be modifying "the entire" -- "almost the entire movie."

 

 

 

 

5. Before buying a new stereo, you should carefully consider what you need and what you can afford.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "before buying a new stereo" is correctly modifying "you."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "before buying a new stereo" is correctly modifying "you."

 

 

 

 

6. I heard that he got married to a countess with a vast fortune in a small church in Italy.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "in a small church in Italy" is placed so that it incorrectly modifies "fortune" instead of "got married."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "in a small church in Italy" is placed so that it incorrectly modifies "fortune" instead of "got married."

 

 

 

 

7. Covered with bowls of strawberries, plates of bread and cheese, trays of squares and cookies, and huge frosted cakes, the OK Dance Club had organised a magnificent tea.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

 This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "covered with bowls of strawberries, plates of bread and cheese, trays of squares and cookies, and huge frosted cakes" is illogically modifying "the OK Dance Club."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

 This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "covered with bowls of strawberries, plates of bread and cheese, trays of squares and cookies, and huge frosted cakes" is illogically modifying "the OK Dance Club."

 

 

 

 

8. After borrowing from all his friends, he had barely enough money to pay his rent.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "after borrowing from all his friends" is correctly modifying "he," and the adverb "barely" is correctly modifying "enough."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

 This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "after borrowing from all his friends" is correctly modifying "he," and the adverb "barely" is correctly modifying "enough."

 

 

 

 

9. To succeed in the engineering field, some technical writing ability is a definite asset.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "to succeed in the engineering field" is illogically modifying "technical writing ability" instead of modifying the person or persons who hope to succeed.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "to succeed in the engineering field" is illogically modifying "technical writing ability" instead of modifying the person or persons who hope to succeed.

 

 

 

 

10. My best friend is starting a weight-gaining regime in two weeks of five meals a day.

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Answer:

The answer This sentence contains a misplaced modifier. is correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "of five meals a day" is placed so that it incorrectly modifies "two weeks" instead of "regime."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer This sentence does not contain a misplaced modifier. is not correct.

Explanation:

This sentence does contain a misplaced modifier. The phrase "of five meals a day" is placed so that it incorrectly modifies "two weeks" instead of "regime."