The Misplaced Modifier

Don't worry. Chloe is OK.

My local newspaper is a treasure trove of grammatical fun. Take today’s misplaced modifer, for example. Where, exactly, was the marijuana growing?

My reference book defines a misplaced modifier as a “word or word group placed so far away from what it refers to (or modifies) that the reader may be confused.”  

This story intimates that there was crime being committed, but I’ll wager there is more than one. OK, I’ll admit that misplacing your modifiers isn’t technically a crime, but it can become addictive. Somewhere, someone should be developing a 12-step program for that.


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