misplaced modifier

Definitions of misplaced modifier
  1. noun
    a word or phrase apparently modifying an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence: e.g., `when young' in `when young, circuses appeal to all of us'
    synonyms: dangling modifier
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    types:
    dangling participle
    a participle (usually at the beginning of a sentence) apparently modifying a word other than the word intended: e.g., `flying across the country' in `flying across the country the Rockies came into view'
    type of:
    modifier, qualifier
    a content word that qualifies the meaning of a noun or verb
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