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SAT

Unit 11: Lesson 3

Writing: Grammar

Modifier placement | Quick guide

What is modifier placement?

What's on the test?

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  • blobby green style avatar for user Vlera Mehani
    "The stadium where the football team plays was renovated in 2015."

    Can we also write the sentence in this form:
    "The stadium, where the football team plays, was renovated in 2015." ?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      Both sentences are grammatically correct, but the meaning changes really slightly between the two. I don't think you'll get asked to do anything like this on the SAT, but I'm not completely sure.
      In the first sentence, you're identifying the stadium as the one "where the football team plays". In the second, when you put commas around that phrase, you make it nonessential to the logic flow of the sentence. This means that the stadium cannot be identified by the football team, and instead "where the football team plays" is just a descriptor of the sentence. In the first sentence, you might be talking about multiple stadiums and their renovations. In the second sentence, there is only the one stadium.
      It appears to me like a more nuanced version of that vs. which, which the SAT does test.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Harsh Tambi
    How are we supposed to identify if a question is related to modifier placements? could someone please tell what are the markers of modifier placements?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user ELEINA
    Astounded, the sunken ship they had encountered was inspected closely by the divers as they swam closer.
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      This sentence is grammatically off because of the modifier "astounded". You would expect this to modify a person or animal, but instead it is placed next to the ship in the sentence. To fix this, we would have to place astounded close to the divers, because it's supposed to modify them. Here's one way this could be done:
      Astounded, as they swam closer, the divers closely inspected the sunken ship they had encountered.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user ODILIO482
    The SAT Writing and Language Test focuses on placement of the following modifiers
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  • blobby green style avatar for user olivia.kulka
    The book designer had done a great job: the title's intricate lettering stood out from the page:_ due to the stunning bright blue he had chosen.
    Choose 1 answer:
    NO CHANGE
    page—
    page
    page;
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      Here, I would just plug each punctuation into the sentence and see if it fits. The colon doesn't really work because the second clause isn't a clarification or anything of the first, and having two colons in one sentence isn't good. On the SAT, the dash serves the same function as the colon with introducing explanatory parts, so it can't be right either. The semicolon connects two independent clauses, but the latter piece of the sentence is not an independent clause so the semicolon cannot work. That leaves us with no punctuation at all.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Torshay Ewing
    What does it mean when it says "if the noun isn't underlined move the modifier"?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      The underlined portion is what the test asks you to edit. This article just says then, that if you see a misplaced modifier error on the test and the question asks you to fix the noun, you can't move the modifier around to fit. You must instead change the nouns to fit the modifier. Conversely, if the modifier is underlined, you have to change it to fit the noun and not the other way around.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Oluwateniola Ayeni
    Is 38 out of 52 in the reading aspect a good start for a beginer
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  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Jade
    How can I find the math help? I struggle much more with math than English. I remember it for a little while but then after a year of school and I go into the next grade, I forget it. I just need a refresher that's all.
    -Jade
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  • blobby green style avatar for user MEGANEN
    what if can't do neither
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Chioma Udi
    How many question words are their
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