Definition of misplaced modifier in English:

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misplaced modifier

Entry from US English dictionary


A phrase or clause placed awkwardly in a sentence so that it appears to modify or refer to an unintended word.
Example sentences
  • The FCPT tests students' skills in coordination and subordination, logic, and misplaced modifiers; none of these concepts are covered in the developmental English course.
  • He brings up some examples of dangling / misplaced modifiers in text: you know them, they show up in those lists of bloopers, like Lying on the beach, mosquitoes attacked me.
  • Closer editing would have helped the book and eliminated misspellings, misplaced modifiers, and cliches.

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Syllabification: mis·placed mod·i·fi·er

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