Are your adverbs in the right place?

Proofreading_and_editing_blog_31One of the most common causes of a silly sentence is known as the misplaced modifier. It happens when you have 2 points to make in the same sentence, & you don’t make it clear who is doing what.

My English teacher always used this example, which she found hugely amusing:

Wearing my pink frilly party dress, the big red bus came over the hill.

So the bus was wearing the dress. It would be better to write:

I was wearing my pink frilly party dress when the big red bus came over the hill.

Here is a reminder about how this relates to adverbs.

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