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Chapter 10. Dazed and Confused: Common U... > Misplaced Modifiers: Lost and Found - Pg. 98

Dazed and Confused: Common Usage Dilemmas Answers 98 Possible responses: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. You should not sit in the chair unless it is fully assembled. The owner decided to sell his coins, which had been locked in a vault for 50 years. You might reveal important facts when you leave. The Renaissance was a time of rebirth when people made startling new discoveries in science. While we were driving down the highway, we saw a bad collision. While Cecile was eating dinner, a fly slipped into her soup. The tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh commanded our attention as we came into the exhibit. As we sailed up the river, we saw the Statue of Liberty. Misplaced Modifiers: Lost and Found You can lose your car keys, your temper, and even your head--but please, don't misplace your modifiers. It's as tacky as a pork chop at a bar mitzvah. A misplaced modifier is just that: a phrase, clause, or word placed too far from the noun or pronoun it describes. As a result, the sentence fails to convey your exact meaning. But misplaced modifiers usually carry a double wallop: They often create confusion or imply something unintentionally funny. This is not a good thing when you want to make a competent impression with your writing. Here's an example of a misplaced modifier: They bought a puppy for my sister they call Fido.