Messy Modifiers: Finding and Correcting Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers

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Modifiers aren't just grammatical tools: they're useful ones. (See what I did there?) That's because they not only help with emphasis and clearer communication, but are widely tested across standardized exams like the SAT and ACT. Here's how to use them correctly and maximize your score.

A modifier is a word used to describe something, as I did with "useful" in the opening of this article. The most straightforward modifiers are adjectives and adverbs.

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