misplaced modifier definition

  • noun:
    • A modifying clause or term placed therefore awkwardly concerning create ambiguity or misunderstanding. As an example, in Streaking through sky, we watched the rocket reenter the environment, the term Streaking through sky is misplaced.
    • a word or phrase apparently altering an unintended word due to its placement in a sentence: e.g., `whenever youthful' in `when youthful, circuses attract all of us'
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