The girl walks into the store with a giant sign that says “free pizza!”
Question: Is the girl holding the sign offering free pizza, or does the front of the store have the sign pinned up above the door? Don’t have an answer? Neither do I.
This is a classic case of the misused modifier, an unintentional grammatical mistake that can completely alter the meaning of your sentences. If you’re not careful enough, it could actually hurt your writing, whether you’re crafting an important email to your boss, a press release for your company’s new product, or an article to be published on a reputable website.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix for this. Watch this video by TED-Ed and learn how to rework your sentences for better results.
Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author