Dangling and misplaced modifiers

In a well-written sentence, modifiers are next to the words they describe. If too much distance separates a modifier and its target, the modifier is misplaced. If the sentence fails to include a target, the modifier is dangling.

So the rule is: When the modifier is associated with the wrong target, it’s misplaced. When there is no target, it’s dangling.


Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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