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Which sentence contains a misplaced modifier?

Which sentence contains a misplaced modifier?

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A. While eating a croissant, Josh waved to the crowd.
B. Covered in fluffiness, the couple played with the kitten.
C. Having eaten lunch, the girl turned on the laptop.
D. While playing, Lancaster jumped on the feathers.

This question is part of Misplaced Modifiers Quiz
Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Feb 20, 2020

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M. Parker

M. Parker, Internet Researcher, Houston

Answered Oct 10, 2018

The answer to this is B. What makes the modifier for this sentence wrong? The use of modifiers can be very important. There are some sentences that will change simply because of the modifier that has been placed. In this case, the modifier is put in such a way that it would be confusing if it is the cat that is fluffy or the couple.

The other sentences have the right modifier because the modifier emphasized the meaning of the sentence the correct way. When you check out the other choices, it is only letter B that seems confusing while all the others have clear meanings.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Feb 17, 2017

Covered in fluffiness, the couple played with the kitten.

The second sentence is the only one that does not make sense and has its modifier incorrect. In the sentence it sounds like the couple is fluffy, not the kitten.
 

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