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How misused modifiers can hurt your writing

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Modifiers are words, phrases, and clauses that add information about other parts of a sentence—which is usually helpful. But when modifiers aren’t linked clearly enough to the words they’re actually referring to, they can create unintentional ambiguity. Emma Bryce navigates the sticky world of misplaced, dangling and squinting modifiers.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Emma Bryce
  • Animator Henry Chung, Plamen Ananiev, Mark Storer, Hannah de Spon
  • Composer Tom Jordan
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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