dangling modifier, misplaced modifier(noun)
a word or phrase apparently modifying an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence: e.g., `when young' in `when young, circuses appeal to all of us'
A word or clause that modifies another word or clause ambiguously, possibly causing confusion with regard to the speaker's intended meaning.
A dangling modifier is an ambiguous grammatical construct, often considered an error in prescriptivist accounts of English, whereby a grammatical modifier could be misinterpreted as being associated with a word other than the one intended, or with no particular word at all. For example, a writer may have meant to modify the subject, but word order makes the modifier seem to modify an object instead. Such ambiguities can lead to unintentional humor or difficulty in understanding a sentence in formal contexts. A typical example of a dangling modifier is illustrated in Turning the corner, a handsome school building appeared. The modifying clause Turning the corner is clearly supposed to describe the behaviour of the narrator, but grammatically it appears to apply to nothing in particular, or to the school building. Similarly, in At the age of eight, my family finally bought a dog, the modifier At the age of eight "dangles," not attaching to the subject of the main clause.
The numerical value of dangling modifier in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of dangling modifier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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