Legal writing, Modifiers
Sturm College of Law
Readers can be lost at sea if your writing is foggy about what words or ideas are connected to others. Effective writing requires that every modifier be clearly moored to exactly what it is intended to describe, rather than some other word or idea. Free-floating modifiers risk conveying meaning that is, at best, ambiguous or, at worst, downright contrary to the drafter's in- tent.
K.K. DuVivier, Mooring Modifiers, 28 Colo. Law. 63 (July 1999).
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