Misplaced And Dangling Modifiers Quiz With Answers

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Check out this misplaced and dangling modifiers quiz with answers and evaluate your knowledge. Dangling and misplaced terms refer to modifiers connected to the misplaced word, phrase, or clause in a sentence. Can you identify which sentences contain these modifiers, and do you know how to fix them? If yes, take the quiz below and see for yourself. Here, you need to identify whether the sentence is correct or if it has misplaced or dangling modifiers. If it does, you have to fix the error and rephrase the sentence. Good luck, buddy!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Many of the trustees congratulated him for his speech at the end of the meeting and promised their support.

    • A.

      At the end of the meeting, many of the trustees congratulated him for his speech and promised their support.

    • B.

      The speech was given at the end of the meeting and the trustees promised their support.

    • C.

      The trustees congratulated the meeting and promised his support.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    A. At the end of the meeting, many of the trustees congratulated him for his speech and promised their support.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "At the end of the meeting, many of the trustees congratulated him for his speech and promised their support." This answer accurately rephrases the original sentence while maintaining the correct placement of phrases and the intended meaning. It correctly identifies that the trustees congratulated him for his speech and promised their support at the end of the meeting.

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  • 2. 

    Wagging her tail, the puppy climbed into my lap.

    • A.

      The puppy climbed into my lap and wagged her tail.

    • B.

      The puppy wagged her tail and climbed into my lap.

    • C.

      The puppy climbed on her tail.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    D. This sentence is correct.
    Explanation
    The given sentence is correct because it follows the correct order of events. The puppy first wagged her tail and then climbed into the speaker's lap. The other options either change the order of events or introduce a nonsensical action of the puppy climbing on her own tail. Therefore, the correct answer is that the sentence is correct.

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  • 3. 

    Working on my computer, the power went out, and I lost all of my work.

    • A.

      While I was working on my computer, the power went out, and I lost all of my work.

    • B.

      Working on my computer, the power went out, and I lost all of my work suddenly.

    • C.

      Suddenly working on my computer, the power went out, and I lost all of my work.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    A. While I was working on my computer, the power went out, and I lost all of my work.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "While I was working on my computer, the power went out, and I lost all of my work." This sentence is correct because it uses the past continuous tense "while I was working" to indicate an ongoing action at a specific point in the past. It also uses the correct sequence of events, stating that the power went out first and then the person lost all of their work.

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  • 4. 

    When defrosted, marinate meat for half an hour, and then you are ready to grill.

    • A.

      When meat is defrosted, marinate it for half an hour, and then you are ready to grill.

    • B.

      Marinate the meat for half an hour when it is defrosted, and then you are ready to grill.

    • C.

      When defrosted, marinate meat for half an hour, and then you can grill it.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    A. When meat is defrosted, marinate it for half an hour, and then you are ready to grill.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "When meat is defrosted, marinate it for half an hour, and then you are ready to grill." This answer is correct because it maintains subject-verb agreement and uses the correct pronoun "it" to refer back to the meat. It also follows the correct order of actions, stating that the meat should be marinated after it is defrosted and before grilling.

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  • 5. 

    I refuse to buy a meal from a restaurant that has meat.

    • A.

      I refuse to buy meat from a restaurant.

    • B.

      I buy a meat from a restaurant.

    • C.

      I refuse to buy a meal that has meat from a restaurant.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    C. I refuse to buy a meal that has meat from a restaurant.
    Explanation
    The original sentence, "I refuse to buy a meal from a restaurant that has meat," means that the speaker won't buy a meal if the restaurant serves meat.
    Option C, "I refuse to buy a meal that has meat from a restaurant," correctly conveys this meaning by placing the modifier "that has meat" next to "meal," making it clear that the meal should not have meat in it.
    The other options do not correctly convey the intended meaning of the original sentence.

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  • 6. 

    They said it's going to rain on the radio.

    • A.

      It's raining on the radio.

    • B.

      The rain will be on the radio.

    • C.

      They just said on the radio that it is going to rain.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    C. They just said on the radio that it is going to rain.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "They just said on the radio that it is going to rain." This answer accurately reflects the original statement and conveys the message that someone mentioned the possibility of rain on the radio.

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  • 7. 

    Walking to my car, I spilled tea all over my new suit.

    • A.

      I spilled tea all over my car while wearing my new suit.

    • B.

      Spilling tea on my suit, I walked to my car.

    • C.

      My new suit spilled tea all over my car.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    D. This sentence is correct.
    Explanation
    The original sentence, "Walking to my car, I spilled tea all over my new suit" is grammatically correct. It effectively communicates the sequence of events: while walking to the car, the speaker accidentally spilled tea on their new suit. Therefore, option D confirms the correctness of the original sentence without any alterations needed.

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  • 8. 

    Late as always, Mike made quite an entrance when he came to the party.

    • A.

      Mike made quite an entrance late when he came to the party.

    • B.

      Mike made quite an entrance when he came to the party.

    • C.

      Mike made quite an entrance when he came to the party as late as always.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    D. This sentence is correct.
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because it accurately identifies that the sentence is grammatically correct and does not contain any errors. The sentence effectively conveys the idea that Mike arrived late to the party and made a memorable entrance.

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  • 9. 

    While eating dinner, a fly slipped into her soup.

    • A.

      The soup had a fly in it.

    • B.

      A fly slipped into her soup while she was eating.

    • C.

      The lady had a fly in her soup.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    B. A fly slipped into her soup while she was eating.
    Explanation
    The given answer "A fly slipped into her soup while she was eating" is correct because it accurately describes the action of a fly entering the soup while the lady was eating. It provides a clear and concise explanation of what happened, without any unnecessary or redundant information.

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  • 10. 

    The TV helps me get through the night, as I have trouble sleeping.

    • A.

      Having trouble sleeping, the TV helped me get through the night.

    • B.

      The TV gave me the inability to sleep.

    • C.

      The TV helped the night get through sleeping.

    • D.

      This sentence is correct.

    Correct Answer
    D. This sentence is correct.
    Explanation
    The given sentence is correct because it clearly states that the TV helps the person get through the night when they have trouble sleeping. The sentence is grammatically correct and conveys the intended meaning without any ambiguity.

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Heather Baxter |BSc |
K-12 English Expert
Heather is an educator, with four years of teaching experience. Heather graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching. She is skilled in Teaching English as a Second Language and currently works as an Elementary School Teacher at Pinellas County Schools. She made a career transition one year ago to explore a new path in writing and copy editing. Heather's specialization lies in curriculum development and educational materials, but she maintains versatility to work across various industries. Known for her keen attention to detail and a deep passion for language, she possesses a sharp eye for precision.

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