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Misplaced Modifiers

An uncommon and tricky grammar error you’ll see on New SAT Writing and ACT English is the misplaced modifier (and the related dangling modifier). Let’s see an example of this type of problem – try the question on your own before watching the video.

Note: This question is based on Old SAT Grammar questions, but the rule still applies to the New SAT and ACT, so you should try it regardless of the test you’re taking. Choose the choice below that best fixes the error in the original sentence; if the sentence contains no error, choose choice A (unchanged from the original).

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Robert Schombs

About the Author:

I’m Rob Schombs, the founder of Reason Prep, creator of these videos, and your test prep tutor. I earned a BA in Chemistry (2006) and an MA in Science and Technology Studies (2009) from Cornell University. In 2010 I started tutoring SAT, ACT, math, chemistry, and writing full-time, and Reason Prep followed shortly after!

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