The UVic Writer's Guide


Misplaced Modifiers


A modifying word or phrase should be placed next to the word it describes. In the following sentence, the modifying phrase has been misplaced:

Growing at the bottom of the glass, Alison found some mold.

Since it is the mold that is growing at the bottom of the glass, rather than Alison, the sentence should read:

Alison found some mold growing at the bottom of the glass.


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