GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
Sentence Structure: Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers
Read each sentence carefully. If the sentence is correct, write C on the line to the right. If the sentence contains a misplaced modifier, write MM and correct the sentence. If the sentence contains a dangling modifier, write DM and correct the sentence. 1. When jumping the fence, the rider was thrown by his horse. ___ 2. Please give the desk to Mrs. Wooten with the brass inlaid figures. ___ 3. The team with the highest number of wins will capture the championship. ___ 4. Diets are painful ordeals which help you lose weight. ___ 5. Doctors and lawyers with white hospital coats are well- respected. ___ 6. Designer jeans which cost a lot of money are worth the price because they last forever, or at least until styles change. ___ 7. Handsome men are loved by women with hairy chests. ___ 8. While jogging down the street, a dog bit my neighbor. ___ 9. An army which lacks proper equipment will not be an effective fighting force. ___ 10. To enter the Olympics, an athlete must compete very hard. ___ 11. Television influences children through its emphasis on violence. ___ 12. Tommy with the red stripes is wearing a shirt. ___ 13. Never buy a car from a dealer with a broken odometer. ___ 14. Only give the book to Tony. ___ 15. American writers who live in Europe gain new perspectives on culture. ___ 16. The car was parked on the edge of a cliff which was rusty. ___ 17. Country music is loved by many people because it praises simple virtues. ___ 18. College students succeed in every aspect who work hard. ___ 19. Hitting the tin roof, my sleep was disturbed by the rain. ___ 20. Houses provide comfort for people with central air conditioning. ___ Edit the following essay for dangling and misplaced modifiers. If you see an error, use the appropriate editing symbol (either DM or MM) to label it. Then correct the error. (1) I think you should meet my friends Ted and Fred someday. (2) They are a very unusual pair. (3) Let me illustrate what I mean. (4) One day I decided to stop by their apartment. (5) Ted answered the doorbell dressed in a cowboy suit and invited me in. (6) Fred explained that their costumes were intended to help them enjoy a spaghetti-western fully. (7) You can imagine my chagrin when I noticed they were wearing genuine .357 Magnums. (8) As I looked around the room, I saw clay targets broken on the floor. (9) At that point, I began to worry about Ted and Fred. (10) Watching the movie, I observed them very carefully. (11) Their reactions were quite different to the western. (12) Engrossed in the fight scenes, Ted was oblivious to his surroundings totally. (13) Fred, on the other hand, fidgeted in his seat until the violence subsided. (14) I started getting nervous and decided to leave. (15) Ted, Fred, and I parted company after that day. (16) Rumor has it that Ted tried to shoot his way out of a paper bag and that Fred organized a posse to catch a marauding rat.
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