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I have a question about modifiers Vs misplaced modifiers when applied to certain sentences. Could someone elaborate on this:

For e.g:

Several accidents have been reported involving passengers falling from trains

A rumor circulated among the staff that he was being promoted to Vice President . (instead of "A rumor that he was being promoted to Vice President circulated among the staff.")

According to http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/phra ... infinitive

it is okay to split the noun phrase [stuff in red]. How is this not wrong? In the above 2 examples the nouns [accidents, rumor] have qualifying phrases/modifiers [involving passengers falling from trains, that he was being promoted to Vice President] that are "away" from the noun they are qualifying. Isnt this the same as a misplaced modifier - for instance:

<Prepositional Phrase>, <some verbiage> followed by a noun?

Is it a rule that its okay to have subject verb <prepositional phrase> but NOT

<prepositional phrase> <some verbiage> followed by a noun?

I was under the impression that any qualifier for a noun should be right NEXT to the noun [either preceding or following]. If that is not the case how do you distingush between
"good" modifiers Vs Modifiers that modify a noun incorrectly - therefore creating misplaced modifiers.

All you SC experts please chime in.
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2005, 18:55
If a phrase, any kind, starts off a sentence as an introductory modifier, the noun after the comma has to be the noun being modified by the introductory modifier. Thus, you cannot have any "verbiage" after an introductory modifier. However, it is entirely normal, as shown in your examples, to have the modifiers split from the noun they intend to modify. The only purpose of it would be to shift the emphasis of the sentence as to what is to be considered more important in the sentence.
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