The Misplaced Modifier: AKA, Grammar Guffawing

March 20, 2009


It’s another late night with my teen daughters. We usually relax around the campfire (my computer) in the evenings and goof off, looking at LOLCats, learning Chinese, or watching goofy videos or whatever. Tonight oneof my daughters was studying VERY VERY HARD (right, toots?) and decided to read aloud her lesson on “misplaced modifiers.” These are such fun! I thought I’d share with you.

Misplaced modifier: a modifier that’s been put in the wrong spot.


OK, OK… a misplaced modifier (this is what it REALLY means): a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes.

Please don’t ask me why, but we found the following sentences hiLARiously funny. Then again, ANYTHING is funny at 12:30am…. (my daughter is just cracking up as I type this)…

    Hunter gave a report about the recent nuclear explosion in physics class.

uh… sounds more like a misplaced beaker! Bwahahahahahaha!!!


Here are a few more:

    After eating my grandfather usually takes a short walk.
    Crumpled up in the wastebasket, she found the receipt.
    Her homemade biscuits burned while setting the table.
    Having failed the examination, the Headmaster called me in for a conference.

They found THAT so funny for some reason. Hmmm.


So now you know what misplaced modifiers are! See what amazing things you learn here?!

2 Responses to “The Misplaced Modifier: AKA, Grammar Guffawing”

  1. Holly Says:

    I find myself reading lessons for young children and I always have a blast looking at the English lessons in particular for this reason. It’s too funny.

  2. akaGaGa Says:

    I notice these on business signs or, more often, in news headlines and some of them are doozies. But really … you guys should try sleeping at night. šŸ™‚