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Hello Teachers,

I was going through a grammar guide that listed some examples for misplaced modifiers. However, the guide didn't explain the reason.

(1) Princess Anne is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and a noted equestrian performer. Last year, the 37-year-old daughter of the Queen and her horse finished fourth in the National Hunt at Hereford.

In my understanding, the above sentence means the 'horse' is also 37 years old. Am I right?

(2) The learned scholar taught a course last semester in sexual harrassment at Emory University.

What is the misplaced modifier in the this sentence?
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Hello Krish
(1) Princess Anne is the daughter of Queen Elizabeth and a noted equestrian performer. Last year, the 37-year-old daughter of the Queen and her horse finished fourth in the National Hunt at Hereford.
Please compare it with "Princess Anne is the only daughter of the Queen and her husband". If you don't like to provoke the British people loyal to the Queen, it would be better to rewrite your sentence as "Last year, Queen Elizabeth's 37-year-old daughter and her horse finished fourth in the National Hunt at Hereford."
(2) The learned scholar taught a course last semester in sexual harassment at Emory University.
The problem here is that a noun phrase "a course in sexual harassment" is split by "last semester" and as the result, the sentence sounds as if it were saying "the scholar taught a course suffering sexual harassment". It would be better to change it into a sentence like "Last semester at Emory University, the learned scholar taught a course in sexual harassment"

paco

[PS] Sorry CJ, I came too late.
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(1) No. The age of the horse is not the issue. The fear is that, because of the order of the words, the reader will think we are talking about the daughter of both the queen and the horse.
(2) The ambiguity is between two possible courses which were taught: "Sexual Harassment" (in general) or "Sexual Harassment at Emory University". Placing "last semester" after "harassment" would create a clearer message.

CJ
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 paco2004's reply was promoted to an answer.
Thanks, CJ & Paco2004.