Dangling And Misplaced Modifiers

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  • 1. 
    • A. 

      To raise a good dog, patience is useful.

    • B. 

      Moving slowly, Bowie stalked the rabbits.

    • C. 

      After eating the catfood, Bowie belched.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Pedrito got into serious trouble missing the grammar quiz last Monday.

    • B. 

      To complete the grammar quiz on time, you will have to click your heels three times.

    • C. 

      When taking a grammar quiz, concentration is everything.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      On completing the grammar quiz, spiking your pencil is acceptable.

    • B. 

      Wearing a helmet is a sign of a healthy awareness of death.

    • C. 

      When she talks to her parents, she is reminded that she is lucky that they are happy and healthy.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    Which of the following sentences contains a dangling modifier?
    • A. 

      After washing my car, I waxed it.

    • B. 

      After talking with our veterinarian, I felt better about the prognosis.

    • C. 

      She called her boyfriend because she missed him.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    Which of the following sentences contains a dangling modifier?
    • A. 

      Having worked for the company for twenty years, I was surprised to learn that my retirement benefits would not be sufficient.

    • B. 

      Having taught phonology every semester for the last five years, he was eager to teach syntax.

    • C. 

      After sweating in Reavis Hall throughout the summer, I am ready for winter.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 6. 
    The sentence "John wants to really do well on this exam" contains which of the following errors?
    • A. 

      Dangling modifier

    • B. 

      Squinting modifier

    • C. 

      Split infinitive

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    • A. 

      He only talks about changing his habits. [Intended meaning: He only talks but does nothing else, like consulting a physician or psychiatrist, about changing his habits.]

    • B. 

      A dog appeared in my dreams that sang like an angel.

    • C. 

      The steak on the grill is hers.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?
    • A. 

      Only Bill wanted to go to the lake. [Intended meaning: Bill wanted to go to the lake, but no one else did.]

    • B. 

      Bill only hinted that he would help us move. [Intended meaning: Bill hinted but did not, for example, promise that he would help us move.]

    • C. 

      Bill wanted only Mary to win. [Intended meaning; Bill wanted Mary to win, but did not want anyone else to win.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    Which of the following sentences has a misplaced modifier?
    • A. 

      The dog bit only the mailcarrier. [Intended meaning: The dog bit the mailcarrier but didn't bite anyone else.]

    • B. 

      He talked too quickly.

    • C. 

      You should consider your options carefully.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 10. 
    Which of the following sentences has a misplaced modifier?
    • A. 

      Most stress disorders can be effectively treated with serotonin-uptake inhibitors.

    • B. 

      These disorders include depression, heat intolerance, onychophagia, pathologic jealousy, dysthymia, and trichotillomania.

    • C. 

      Most dictionaries will not have obscure medical terminology, although most good dictionaries will have the Latin and Greek roots that morphologically compose the terminology.

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above