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Don’t describe the wrong thing

If we use a modifier it should go next to the thing it modifies.

A man in a blue shirt is using his mobile phone at the same time as walking past a sculpture which depicts a woman with her hand on her ear.

Conrad phoned a statue wearing a blue shirt.

If we use a modifier (a word or phrase that describes something else) it should go next to the thing it modifies.
• Conrad phoned a statue wearing a blue shirt.
(Here it reads as if the statue is wearing the blue shirt)
• Wearing a blue shirt, Conrad ate a sandwich.
(Now we know Conrad is wearing the blue shirt)

Remember: Conrad wears a blue shirt, not the statue.

 

  • Remember: Conrad wears a blue shirt, not the statue.

    The teacher on the blackboard drew a circle. WRONG
    The teacher wasn’t on the blackboard.

    The teacher drew a circle on the blackboard. CORRECT