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Misplaced Modifier Example 1

What’s wrong with this sentence?

“Rosebushes offering the promise of spring today provided no distraction.”

The quoted sentence has a misplaced modifier. Modifiers should be placed close to the word or phrase they modify. In its present position, today modifies the preceding noun phrase, which is probably not the intended meaning. To improve the sentence, place today at the end of the sentence. In the end position, today modifies the verb phrase provided no distraction.

Rosebushes offering the promise of spring provided no distraction today.
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