OMG! I bought a used car from a local dealer with a smokey tailpipe
Jesh Mr.Myers, I know you are upset but let's talk about that misplaced modifier you just used!
Let's go to my office and talk about this before we get the car fixed.
Do you understand that you misplaced the modifying phrase?
Misplaced Modifier Correct Modifier : I bought a used car with a smokey tailpipe for a local dealer.
A misplaced modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that is improperly separated from the word it modifies / describes.
I get it now! For example, " Laughing loudly, the movie was over.
Mr. Myers you are using a dangling modifiers ! A dangling modifier is a word or phrase that modifies a word not clearly stated in the sentence.
Dangling Modifiers: Incorrect: Laughing Louder, after the movie was over.Correct: The audience was laughing loudly as the movie was over.Because the movie cannot be the one who is laughing loudly,this is a dangling modifier.