Dangling Modifier

Dangling Modifiers

n.

Pronunciation

/ˈdæŋgəlɪŋ ˈmɑdəˌfaɪər/

Definition

An adjective used to modify a category label, attribute label, or data value that creates an ambiguous phrase.

Hanging modifiers are improper grammar making it unclear what the adjective applies to. An example would be "Heavy Duty Screw Drivers and Hammers", it is unclear if "Heavy Duty" applies to just screw drivers or both hammers and screw drivers.

Category

Hierarchy, Schema

Related Terms

Implied Modifiers, Vauge Modifiers

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