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A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that modifies (i.e., gives information about or describes) another word or phrase in the same sentence.
A modifier can be an adjective (a word that modifies a noun), an adverb (a word that modifies a verb), or a phrase or clause.
Modifiers can be misplaced or dangling when it is unclear what they are describing or when the sentence element that they are describing is erroneously omitted from the sentence.
- The Writing Center website includes a webpage on modifiers with further explanation of misplaced and dangling modifiers.
- Check out some self-paced grammar modules specifically focused on modifiers and other grammar topics.
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