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Misplaced Modifiers Help (page 2)

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Updated on Sep 1, 2011

Example:

Only Peter ran to the store. [No one else but Peter went.]

Peter only ran to the store. [He didn't walk.]

Peter ran only to the store. [He didn't go anywhere else.]

Peter ran to the only store. [There was no other store around but that one.]

Peter ran to the store only. [He ran to the store, and did nothing else.]

Tip: The most frequently misplaced modifier is the word only. It shows limit or contrast and, as previously shown, placing only next to the word it modifies will really clarify what you are trying to say.

Homonyms

Homonyms are words that are spelled and pronounced the same, but have different meanings. They are often called "multiple-meaning words."

Homonyms

Homonyms
ad/add

I clipped the ad in the newspaper

Addd the items up to get the total.

allowed/aloud

No one is allowed in my office without permission.

I heard him read my name aloud today.

ant/aunt

I saw an ant carry a crumb up the table leg.

Aunt Myrtle is eccentric.

ate/eight

Dad ate a rack of ribs at dinner.

There are eight people in my family.

Homonyms
cent/scent/sent

One cent is called a penny.

I recognized the scent of her perfume immediately.

Greg sent flowers to Dahila on Mother's Day.

chews/choose

My dog chews on almost anything.

May I choose the next game to play?

colonel/kernel

Grandpa Jim was a colonel in the Navy.

Don't bite on the popcorn kernel.

Homonyms
dear/deer

She is such a dear friend.

Deer roam the woods beside my house.

dew/do/due

The morning dew felt cold on my feet.

I do not like licorice.

The first payment is due in four days.

ewe/yew/you

The ewe watched her lamb closely.

A small evergreen called a yew is prevalent on most continents.

I love you.

Homonyms
flew/flu/flue

They flew to Orlando for the first time.

It is not easy to catch the flu.

The chimney flue was dirty.

flour/flower

Flour is used to make many desserts.

The flower lasted only four days in the vase.

Homonyms
heal/heel/he'll

Wounds heal at different rates.

Her heel hurt after she took her new shoe off.

He'll be the best choice, I think.

hear/here

Can you hear well?

Here ae the apples from the basket.

hole/whole

The hole they dug was three feet deep.

I can't believe I ate the whole sandwich.

hour/our

Within the next hour, you will see a real difference.

Our friends are moving in September.

Homonyms
aisle/isle/I'll

The gorcery aisle was messy and chaotic.

They bought a small isle in the Gulf of Mexico.

I'll show you how to do this.

knew/new

He knew better than to do that.

Our new neighbors built a deck.

knot/not

I tried to untie the knot in her shoestring.

They could not see because of the fog.

know/no

I know how to jog backward.

No, he doesn't.

Homonyms
meat/meet

The meat at her butcher shop is fresh.

Let's meet next week to finish this.

need/kneed/knead

I need a vacation, do you?

Nathan got kneed in the side by his opponent.

You must knead the bread dough before letting it rise.

one/won

Eileen has one more hour of work left.

Ashley wished she won the prize.

Homonyms
pair/pear

Hillary's pair of shoes was two sizes too small.

Baked pear is easy to make.

peak/peek/pique

We stood at the peark if the mountain in awe.

He took a quick peek in her shopping bag.

What I overheard piqued my curiousity.

principal/principle

The principal idea is to help others.

It's the principle of the matter, and nothing else.

Homonyms
rain/reign/rein

Will it rain again tomorrow?

King Henry VIII's reign over England lasted 38 years.

The horse's rein was worn and needed replacing.

right/rite/write

You're right; turn right at the light up ahead.

The tribe's rite of passage involved marriage.

Teachers often ask students to write essays.

Homonyms
sail/sale

Jan will sail in the Carribean for one week.

I bought the living room furniture on sale.

scene/seen

Scene four in the play was the turning point in the plot.

I have never seen an octopus before.

stationary/stationery

The guard stood stationary for several hours.

The pink stationery had her mongram on it.

Homonyms
there/their/they're

There is an outside chance that we can go.

It took their bus 18 hours to get home.

They're supposed to confirm the appointment.

threw/through

The child threw a tantrum in the middle of the store.

Through thick and thin, the friends remained loyal.

to/too/two

I will try to change this light bulb with one hand.

He plays video games too often.

My two sisters look alike.

Homonyms
wood/would

Pile the wood by the back of the shed.

Would you care to give me a hand?

which/witch

Which sneaker you choose is solely up to you.

Dorothy outsmarted the wicked witch in her own castle.

weather/whether

The weather could be severe, so be cautious.

I can't decide whether to stay or leave.

who's/whose

Who's going to Albany with Craig tomorrow?

Is this whose coat you thought it would be?

Homographs

Homographs are words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently and have completely different meanings. Following are some familiar examples.

Homographs

Tip: Remember to use grammar check as well as spell-check when you write. Spell-check will say this sentence is okay, "The hair hopped down the rode," because those are real words …. but not the right ones: "The hare hopped down the road."

Exercises for this concept can be found at Misplaced Modifiers Practice

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