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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mis′placed mod′ifier*(n.)

  1. a word, phrase, or clause that seems to refer to or modify an unintended word because of its placement in a sentence, as when young in

    When young, circuses appeal to all of us.

    Category: Oceanography, Grammar

* Usage: Sometimes, as in the example above, a misplaced modifier can cause a comic misreading. Rearrangement or modification of the sentence elements can clarify the thought:Circuses appeal to all of us when young.See also dangling participle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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'


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