“Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope.”
quoted by Constance Hale
Turning a Phrase
May 14, 2012, 9:40 PM
A sentence with a MISPLACED MODIFIER:
To be cooked properly, the chef advised us to place the casserole in a pre-heated oven.
NOTE: Because of its place in the sentence above, the phrase “to be cooked properly” seems to modify the word “chef.”
The chef advised us to place the casserole in a pre-heated oven to be cooked properly.
Words, phrases, or clauses that do not clearly relate to the word or phrase they are intended to modify.
A misplaced modifier can usually be corrected by moving it closer to the word or phrase it should be describing.