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Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

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A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that seems to modify the wrong part of a sentence. You can fix the problem by positioning the modifier closer to the part it modifies.

The friends watched a movie about a space monster munching popcorn.

       (Was the space monster really munching popcorn?)

The friends munching popcorn watched a movie about a space monster.

       (The modifying phrase now appears directly beside the correct word.)

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