Is this prepositional phrase "with same sex quickstep" an adjective describing "history" or adverb modifying "makes in the sentence below?

Andrew Makes ‘Dancing With The Stars’ History With Same-Sex Quickstep

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    It's best not to assume headlines follow normal grammar rules (whether in an attempt to digram them or to use them as a study source), because they don't. I would strongly suggest you stop asking questions based on headlines and titles, because they are not representative of standard written English.
    – randomhead
    Sep 22, 2021 at 0:34
  • That said, an adjective modifies a noun, and an adverb modifies almost anything else in a sentence. What do you think "with same-sex quickstep" modifies?
    – gotube
    Sep 22, 2021 at 0:50
  • The phrase is headed by the preposition "with", so it can only be a preposition phrase. Its function is another matter -- here it's a complement.
    – BillJ
    Sep 22, 2021 at 7:18

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A possible translation from headlinese into full-sentence English:

  • Andrew makes ‘Dancing With The Stars’ history with a same-sex quickstep.

The tricky thing here is that make history is an idiom meaning to do something notable for the first time in history. To make ‘Dancing With The Stars’ history means to do something that has never been done before on the TV show. With a same-sex quickstep is how Andrew is making history; it is an adverbial modifier of makes.


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