Problems with Modifiers
Problematic modifiers are sneaky and difficult to detect. They are most likely to occur when writers are more focused on gathers and organizing their thoughts as they compose their first draft. As a result, problematic modifiers can happen with the most experienced of writers. Experienced writers recognize that revision is an essential component of the writing process; and therefore, tend not to worry about any problems with modifiers while they draft. Problems with modifiers also tend to occur with the usage of the passive voice, with limiters such as “only” and “sometimes” and with sentences that begin with long modifiers. It is important to ensure modifiers are used correctly and effectively in these instances.
When faced with a confusing sentence at the hands of an ineffectively used modifier, the subject, noun or pronoun being discussed must be considered. Once the subject, noun or pronoun is identified, ensure it is placed close to the modifier. This will help avoid any ambiguous or unclear meanings.