Misplaced modifiers sneak into our writing, but if we catch them, they’re good for laughs. Violet tells us about a mustache weighing 150 pounds, a chair tying its shoes, and a dog packing up for college.
In a search for heart medication information, I read this this important warning.
Do not take this medication if you have ever had a heart attack without first consulting your physician.
What if I don’t have time to get my physician’s permission before I call nine one one?
But, of course, the message was a warning that anyone with a history of heart attacks should avoid this medication. It’s a simple case of a misplaced modifier.
How about this twisted sentence?
The new student sat in the corner seat wearing blue running shoes.
Wish I could have seen that chair tying its shoes.
Special thanks to Dr. L. Kip Wheeler, Carson-Newman College, Jefferson, Tennessee for these two hilarious examples of misplaced modifiers.
The robber was described as a six foot-tall man with brown hair and blue eyes and a mustache weighing 150 pounds.
That thief must…
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