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Funny Misplaced or Dangling ModifiersDo you have any favorites? Here are two of mine. I...

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 22, 2009 at 7:42 PM via web

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Funny Misplaced or Dangling Modifiers

Do you have any favorites? Here are two of mine. I love the mental images.

Flying over the African landscape, the elephant herd looked magnificent.

Covered with hot melted cheese, we ate the pizza.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 22, 2009 at 8:20 PM (Answer #2)

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Smashed beyond repair, Bert saw his watch lying on the court.

The hunter crouched behind a tree waiting for a bear to come along with a bow and arrow.

We saved the scraps of meat for the dog that had been left on our plates.

 

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 22, 2009 at 10:31 PM (Answer #3)

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Smashed beyond repair, Bert saw his watch lying on the court.

The hunter crouched behind a tree waiting for a bear to come along with a bow and arrow.

We saved the scraps of meat for the dog that had been left on our plates.

 

All good, but if this were a contest, I would have to vote for #3! REALLY good!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 23, 2009 at 10:46 AM (Answer #4)

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Dangling in the water, the fish watched our toes as if they were food.

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litchick2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 23, 2009 at 5:14 PM (Answer #5)

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Hanging on the wall, my mom really liked the picture.

Baking in the oven, John waited for the pizza.

The woman walked the dog in purple suede cowboy boots.

Covered in mustard and relish, I enjoyed the hot dog. 

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 26, 2009 at 6:18 AM (Answer #6)

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Smashed beyond repair, Bert saw his watch lying on the court.

The hunter crouched behind a tree waiting for a bear to come along with a bow and arrow.

We saved the scraps of meat for the dog that had been left on our plates.

 

I love this post!! Can't you just see a bear tiptoeing through the woods with its bow and arrow?!

This is not a dangler, but I discovered one of my favorite troublesome modifiers on a clock shop sign: Used grandfathers for sale--cheap!

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aguacaliente | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 27, 2009 at 12:33 PM (Answer #7)

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The biggest, best, and baddest list of dangling and misplaced modifiers:

http://www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/LP/LA/dangling_modifier.htm

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted May 27, 2009 at 8:47 PM (Answer #8)

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1) Forgetting to do homework, the papers received 0s.

2) Tired after studying, the drink tasted refreshing.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM (Answer #9)

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This isn’t exactly a dangling modifier, but it is certainly a lesson in how one should be careful to use precise language to avoid any embarrassing faux paus:  January 20, 2009-We will be back after these commercial messages with more information on whose holding the presidential balls.

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StephanieRR | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted November 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM (Answer #11)

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One of my favorites and one of my first expriences with misplaced modifiers is the sentence, "Last night I shot an elephant in my pajamas." It just creates such an amusing visual. Other examples would be, "Rolling down the hill, Bob saw the rocks approach the highway," or, "I saw my grandmother's dog wearing my bathing suit." Then again, that last one could, sadly, actually happen.

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