Squinting modifiers and dangling modifier
What is the difference between the two?
I knew this question was coming! : )
As I said yesterday, too many labels. After consulting the all-knowing Google, I've come up with this:
A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that is misplaced in the sentence. In other words, it's not next to what it should be modifying. Tony's example -- One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas -- is a misplaced modifier. In my pajamas is modifying elephant instead of I.
A dangling modifier doesn't have a word to modify. The word it is supposed to be modifying has been left out of the sentence. From Grammar Girl -- "Hiking the trail, the birds chirped loudly." Because modifiers should be placed next to the word they modify, that sentence makes it seem as though the birds were hiking the trail.
A squinting modifier is usually an adverb placed between two words that it could be modifying. I'll repeat my example from yesterday -- "What you hear often you will believe." Often is the squinting modifier. Do you often hear? Or do you often believe?
I hope this helps!
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