I do not understand what a squinting modifier is. Im telling a story about my first plane ride and they continue telling me this sentence is a squinting modifier, HELP PLEASE!!

"We walked through this short hallway to get to the plane."

See example:

We walked through this short hallway to get to the plane.
asked Mar 27 '13 at 18:18 Sedriana Euell New member

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I don't see a squinting modifier in your sentence. A squinting modifier is one that is placed in the sentence in such a way that it's hard to determine which word is being modified.


Cycling up hills quickly strengthens your quadriceps.

Does cycling up hills strengthen quickly, or do you have to pedal fast to get any benefit?

Quickly cycling up hills strengthens your quadriceps. You know you have to pedal quickly.



He once hit a dog with a bat.

Did he use the bat to hit the dog, or did the dog have a bat?

He once used a bat to hit a dog.   Now it is more clear.

link answered Mar 27 '13 at 19:44 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you so much. I have never heard that term before, but I face this problem all the time with my partner. It reminds me of Airplane when the guy says, "Quick, get him to a hospital!" and the other guy says, "What is it?" to which the correct response is, "It's a big building with a bunch of sick people in it, but that's not important."

Jason Paul BurnettMar 28 '13 at 08:53

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