Dangling Modifier Worksheet
Modifiers are words or phrases that add detail to the sentence. Included in this category are descriptive words, prepositional phrases, and subordinate clauses. Problems arise when readers are uncertain about what is being described because modifiers are misplaced or dangling.
Misplaced modifiers confuse readers because they're ambiguous; the readers can't tell which element in the sentence is being described.
Our revising the report thoroughly pleased Dr. Smith.
The lecturer said while the experiment was running he would not answer questions.
Dangling modifiers refer to elements that appear later in the sentence or not at all.
Before experimenting with monkeys, precautions should be taken to avoid viral contamination.
Entering the building, it turned out to be the wrong one.