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    Correct or faulty modifier

    I just want to know if these sentences below are correct pr faulty modifier. Thank you very much!

    Crying for one hour, the new parents tried to pacify the baby. Faulty modifier

    Students in biology class were studying slides of plant tissues. Correct

    I found a ten dollar bill walking across campus. Faulty modifier

    Hearing a loud noise, we all looked out the window. Correct

    He is blowing out the candles of his birthday cake in the picture. Faulty Modifier

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    Re: Correct or faulty modifier

    Crying for one hour, the new parents tried to pacify the baby. What modifier are you talking about?

    Students in/of the biology class were studying slides of plant tissues. Correct

    I found a ten dollar bill (whilst) walking across campus. 10$ bills can't walk, insert whilst to remove the ambiguity.

    Hearing a loud noise, we all looked out the window. Correct 'Hearing a loud noise' is an absolute phrase, not really part of the sentence.

    He is blowing out the candles of his birthday cake in the picture. Faulty Modifier ¿Donde esta la tarta? y ¿donde esta el? The sentence is ambiguous.

    'In the picture he is blowing out the candles of his birthday cake .

    ¿vale?

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    Re: Correct or faulty modifier

    Hi htk620

    You're correct, and you did a good job!


    • Crying for one hour, the new parents tried to pacify the baby.
      • Meaning: the new parents were crying for one hour.
    • Students in biology class were studying slides of plant tissues. Correct
    • I found a ten dollar bill walking across campus.
      • Meaning: the ten dollar bill was walking across campus.
    • Hearing a loud noise, we all looked out the window. Correct
    • He is blowing out the candles of his birthday cake in the picture.
      • Meaning: the birthday cake is in the picture.
        • Note, it should be 'on his birthday cake', not 'of his birthday cake.'

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    Re: Correct or faulty modifier

    In my dialect, 'of' is ok. 'his birthday cake's candles.'

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