This video illustrates the importance of keeping words or word groups by the exact words being described or modified. Examples are included showing how misplaced and dangling modifiers often leave the reader trying to guess the sentence’s meaning. One word, “only,” for example, can be placed in a variety of locations in a sentence. Each placement results in a different meaning. Corrections are shown. Links are provided for additional examples that often have a humorous result.
- [Narrator] While studying dangling…and misplaced modifiers, the phone rang.…The grammar exercise are being returned to the group,…which have some major errors.…Are those sentences clear?…I hope not.…Did you find yourself muttering,…I think I know what those are supposed to mean.…Let's look at what those sentences…where really intended to mean,…rather than your having to determine what you think…the writer was trying to say.…The phone probably wasn't studying dangling…and misplaced modifiers,…and the grammar exercises, rather than the group,…probably had the major errors.…
So, what's the problem?…Each of those examples has a dangling or misplaced modifier.…What exactly does that mean?…The simplest explanation is that a word,…or group of words is placed in the wrong location.…It's not placed by the words it actually describes…or tells more about,…which is what a modifier does.…So, even though the first examples we looked at…are grammatically incorrect,…we may know what the writer was trying to say.…Sometimes, we really don't know the intended meaning.…
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- Identify irregular verbs and explain how to use them appropriately in all tenses.
- List the seven coordinating conjunctions.
- Recognize commonly misused and misunderstood words.
- Determine correct comma placement.
- Explain the difference between a colon and a semicolon.
- Name the four sentence structures.