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   Misplaced Modifier

30 Common Writing Errors and Their Solutions

Sentence Fragment
Run On/Comma Splice

Parenthetic Expression
Comma Before Independent Clause
Punctuation at end of Quotation
Single Quote Marks
Dangling Modifier
Misplaced Modifier
Vague Pronoun Reference
Number Agreement
Parallel Structure
Verb Tenses
Fused Words
Passive Voice

Negative Form
Choppy Sentences
Qualifiers and Intensifiers
Vague, Stilted or Flowery Language

This listing of 30 common writing errors was compiled by The Pingry School and is used with permission.

Keep a phrase near the word it modifies.

Since a phrase identifying a work under discussion usually modifies the sentence as a whole, put such a phrase at the beginning of the sentence.

You can call your cousin in Delhi and tell him you have bought a condo for only seventy-five cents.

A car of classic beauty, connoisseurs love the 1956 T-Bird.

Fleance escapes the clutches of the murderers in Macbeth.

You can call your cousin in Delhi for only seventy-five cents and tell him you have bought a condo.

Connoisseurs love the 1956 TBird, a car of classic beauty.

In Macbeth, Fleance escapes the clutches of the murderers.