Odd Language #20: Misplaced Modifier

From Kamloops Daily News, 2002-05-10, article “Man stabbed in fight unable to talk to police”, final paragraph: “RCMP Sgt. Randy Brown said police have been unable to interview the man who was stabbed because of his condition.”

The issue: misplaced modifier in the last paragraph. The man was not stabbed because of his condition. Corrected: “RCMP Sgt. Randy Brown said that, because of the stabbed man’s condition, police have been unable to interview him.”