Misplaced Modifier Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: L.6.1, L.7.1, L.8.1

Core Standard

Modifiers are words, phrases, and clauses that are placed to augment the meaning or purpose of the sentence. They are the window dressing of sentences. The role of a modifier in a sentence is extend a detail that provides the reader with more clarity or focus on the content of the sentence. In most cases the modifier is a single instance of an adjective or adverb. When the modifier comes in the form of a phrase or clause, they can often be placed at clumsy locations within the sentence and almost defeat their purpose. When the modifiers wander too far from the words that they modifying they create a misplaced modifier. These worksheets will help students learn to identify misplaced modifiers and how to rewrite the sentences that they are in to make them flow and serve their intended purpose.