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Misplaced Modifiers 


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Misplaced modifiers result from failure to make clear what is being modified. Illogical or ambiguous placement of a word or phrase can usually be avoided by placing the modifying word or phrase appropriately close to the word it modifies. Likewise, sometimes it is necessary for clarity to place an adverb within a verb phrase. Note the shift in meaning when the adverb is moved outside of the verb phrase.He had just called me. He had called just me. Use of the word only as a modifier poses particular problems. It must be placed immediately before the word or phrase it

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