Dangling/Misplaced Modifiers Quiz

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  • 1. 

    Select the correctly written sentence in this group.

    • A.

      Spending way too much money on his old car, Fred's salary just wasn't enough.

    • B.

      Spending way too much money on his old car, Fred soon found he'd used up his salary.

    Correct Answer
    B. Spending way too much money on his old car, Fred soon found he'd used up his salary.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Spending way too much money on his old car, Fred soon found he'd used up his salary." because it is a complete sentence with a clear subject (Fred) and verb (found). It also uses correct punctuation and grammar. The other sentence is a sentence fragment because it does not have a clear subject or verb.

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  • 2. 

    Select the correctly written sentence in this group.

    • A.

      To become a respected politician, one must administer campaign funds carefully.

    • B.

      To become a respected politician, campaign funds must be carefully administered.

    Correct Answer
    A. To become a respected politician, one must administer campaign funds carefully.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "To become a respected politician, one must administer campaign funds carefully." This sentence is grammatically correct and follows the subject-verb-object structure. It conveys the idea that in order to gain respect as a politician, it is necessary to handle campaign funds with care. The alternative sentence, "To become a respected politician, campaign funds must be carefully administered," is not grammatically correct as it lacks a subject and does not clearly indicate who should administer the funds.

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  • 3. 

    Select the correctly written sentence in this group.

    • A.

      I like to listen to rock music doing my homework.

    • B.

      I like to listen to rock music while I do my homework.

    Correct Answer
    B. I like to listen to rock music while I do my homework.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I like to listen to rock music while I do my homework." This sentence is grammatically correct because it uses the conjunction "while" to show that two actions are happening at the same time. The sentence also uses the correct verb tense ("do") and includes the necessary article ("the") before "rock music."

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  • 4. 

    Is this sentence written correctly?Without a plan for the weekend, we decided to take in a Saturday matinee.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The sentence is written correctly. It is grammatically accurate and conveys a clear meaning. It states that without having a plan for the weekend, the speaker and others decided to attend a Saturday matinee.

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  • 5. 

    The soccer team only won four games in the last three years.Is the sentence above correct? 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The sentence is incorrect because it states that the soccer team only won four games in the last three years. However, it does not provide any information about the total number of games played by the team during that period. Therefore, it cannot be determined whether the statement is true or false based on the given information.

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  • 6. 

    Select the correctly written sentence from this pairA. The children were delighted by the monkeys swinging wildly through the trees. B. Swinging wildly through the trees, the children were delighted by the monkeys. 

    • A.

      B

    • B.

      A

    • C.

      Both of A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. A
    Explanation
    The correct answer is A. The sentence "The children were delighted by the monkeys swinging wildly through the trees" is written in a clear and grammatically correct manner. The subject "The children" is followed by the verb "were delighted," and the phrase "swinging wildly through the trees" provides additional information about the monkeys. This sentence follows the standard subject-verb-object structure and effectively conveys the intended meaning.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following sentences contains a dangling modifier?

    • A.

      Moving slowly, Bowie stalked the rabbits.

    • B.

      To raise a good dog, patience is useful.

    • C.

      After eating the catfood, Bowie belched

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. To raise a good dog, patience is useful.
    Explanation
    The sentence "To raise a good dog, patience is useful" contains a dangling modifier. The phrase "to raise a good dog" is a modifier that does not have a clear subject to modify. It is unclear who or what is supposed to raise a good dog, as the subject of the sentence is "patience." This creates a grammatical error known as a dangling modifier.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following sentences contain 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

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above
    Explanation
    None of the given sentences contain a dangling modifier. A dangling modifier occurs when the subject of the main clause is not the same as the subject of the introductory phrase. In the first sentence, "Having worked for the company for twenty years" correctly modifies "I." In the second sentence, "Having taught phonology every semester for the last five years" correctly modifies "he." In the third sentence, "After sweating in Reavis Hall throughout the summer" correctly modifies "I." Therefore, none of the above sentences contain a dangling modifier.

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  • 9. 

    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

    Correct Answer
    C. Split infinitive
    Explanation
    The sentence "John wants to really do well on this exam" contains a split infinitive error. The adverb "really" is placed between the infinitive marker "to" and the verb "do," which splits the infinitive. A split infinitive occurs when an adverb or other word is inserted between "to" and the verb in an infinitive phrase.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    E. None of the above
    Explanation
    None of the sentences in the given options have a misplaced modifier. A misplaced modifier occurs when a word or phrase is placed in a sentence in such a way that it does not clearly modify the intended word or phrase. In all the sentences provided, the modifiers are appropriately placed and clearly modify the intended words or phrases. Therefore, none of the sentences have a misplaced modifier.

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