The First Rule about Modifiers
Rule 1: Keep the modifier close to the word it modifies.
This is the simplest rule. Just put the modifiers in the right place! Of course, you might find yourself asking what the right place is. Generally, they need to be close to the word they change because modifiers love the words that they change! They want to be together all the time. Please don’t get in their way.
Here are a few examples of sentences with problems.
The man was holding a dog who was wearing a red jacket.
The factory employed 100 people that had a bad safety rating.
The boys visited some farm animals that go to my school.
As we’ve mentioned before, one-word modifiers (very, only, poor, quickly) often come before they word they change. Phrases usually come after the word they change. In either case, keep them close together.
So, how would you change my sample sentences?
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