Thursday, August 02, 2007

Misplaced Modifier on NYT

The New York Times chose this user comment to place on its home page this morning:

Comment by Jennifer Pedtke: “As a practicing architect . . . it just didn’t seem right that a bridge undergoing that type of work would be open to the public.”

The "as a practicing architect" phrase should modify the word "I," not "it."

Beware sentences that begin with phrases like this; they're often going to be misplaced modifiers.

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