What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?


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The most important reason modifiers should be correctly placed in a sentence is that _____.

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In the following sentence, identify the misplaced modifier and why it doesn't work.

The Senator nearly spoke for two hours about the somewhat unfair tax increase before the committee tiredly voted on the motion.


In the following sentence, identify the dangling modifier and why it is wrong.

Since getting that new job out of town, my gas bills have doubled and my car is falling apart.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

A modifier is a word, phrase or clause that modifies (or describes) another word, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of them. You'll be assessed on your ability to choose the correct modifiers to complete sample sentences.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Types of modifiers
  • Functions of modifiers
  • Recognizing misplaced or dangling modifiers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related grammar lesson
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to correct sentences with misplaced modifiers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding modifiers
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about correct use of modifiers

Additional Learning

To learn more about grammar, review the accompanying lesson called What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of modifier
  • Understand the use of modifiers
  • Know how to spot misplaced or dangling modifiers