Questions tagged [modifiers]

A modifier is a word (generally an adjective, or a noun used as attribute) that changes the sense of the head noun.

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What does “so much” modify?

The original: The more Frenchmen killed in North Africa, the less popular the government at home would be, so if foreign cannon fodder was available so much the better. Is it equivalent to? ...
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What part of the sentence is modified by “as descents to mental ineptitude”?

But it is more important not to think lies, or to slide into those mechanical and untruthful habits of thought which are so pleasant and so easy as descents to mental ineptitude. Which one below ...
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Infinitive as adverbial modifier of purpose

I read this sentence in the Barron's practice exercises book (you should choose the incorrect usage): The understanding (a) electricity (b) depends (c) on a knowledge of atoms and the subatomic ...
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Is there a synonym for “increasingly”?

Air transport is increasingly used to export fruit and vegetables to countries where they cannot be grown or are out of season. Is there a synonym for "increasingly"? And, can I use "growingly"? (...
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“one” in “one too many”

The phrase "have one too many" means "be slightly drunk." But I am curious about the structure of "one too many." Specifically, what kind of role does "one" play in the phrase? I'd appreciate your ...
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Past-participle modifier

They will have to hone their already developed skills in advertising, communication, and marketing migrated to a multimedia, multichannel world increasingly linked together by the Internet. I bolded ...
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The Questions which are easy to understand” vs “The easy-to-understand questions”

What do we call the following kind of adjective? I saw a text similar to the following the easy-to-understand questions are so important to make our decisions! I have two questions ...
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The structure of the clause “go all round Italy, Austria, Switzerland”

He's going all round Italy, Austria, Switzerland. Would you tell me if my parsing is right or not? "all round" is complement of "go" and "Italy, Austria, Switzerland" are complement of "all round" (...
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Understanding modifier

What must google do to keep the competitors AT BAY? I know a prepositional phrase can act as an adverb by modifying the finite verb in the sentence, or act as an adjective by modifying the noun/...
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Adjective preposition phrase vs adverb preposition phrase

I'm good Chicago is on the northest tip of Illinois. I'm confuse, in first sentence, "Good" as an adjective, modify subject "I", or linking verb 'IS". If "Good" modify subject "I", then what the ...
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“Your age” in the phrase of “a boy your age” modifies “a boy”?

But I'm amazed at how a boy "your age" understood what my job was. I'd think that's a modifier because in the how clause, the subject of understood seems to be "a boy", not "your age". Yet, I'm not ...
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Prepositional phrases. Help to sort into the right order

I fill like something is wrong in the phrase bellow. Could someone explain how the phrase in bold should be formed? We talked just as easily as we had in the past, when we would sit in the field ...
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what does the adverb “newly” modify in this sentence?

What does the adverb "newly" modify in this sentence? Certain Italians who were newly cognizant of Greek and Roman cultural accomplishments initiated a classical cultural rebirth after a long ...
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“deemed + noun”: Is “deemed” an attributive modifier?

A definition on Merriam Webster says: lacking restraint especially : marked by indulgence in things (such as drink or promiscuous sex) deemed vices (source) This definition is a bit confusing, ...
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How to use furniture in this sentence?

Is it correct to say: The only furniture that I have is a bed Or I have to put some sort of modifier before it? For example: The only piece of furniture that I have is a bed.
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Can a nominal phrase (the size of bullets) modify another noun word (Raindrops) as in “Raindrops the size of bullets”?

Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flowerbeds turned into muddy streams and Hagrid's pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds. My ...
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Attributive nouns order Vs. Adjectives order

I would like to get the answer for this question from an English native speaker. In my mother language, which is Aramaic, we always use the adjectives and the attributive nouns after the noun being ...
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“Crime reducing” Vs. “Crime reduction”

1) Capital punishment could be a crime reduction tool. 2) Capital punishment could be a crime-reducing tool What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? In other words, can ...
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an SAT writing problem

Born in Italy in 1853, Maria Spelterini emigrated to the United States as a young woman and quickly became known for her breathtaking stunts. In 1876, the 23-year-old Spelterini became the only woman ...
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Modifier in “People of all ages enjoy swimming”?

Consider the sentence: People of all ages enjoy swimming. Here the solution says that the modifier is "of all ages". I want to understand why is "enjoy" not a modifier in the above sentence.
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Is the construction “noun- and adverb adjective noun” correct?

Is the construction "noun- and adverb adjective noun" correct? Example: "we found a significant difference between human- and algorithmically generated summaries".
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When should noun modifiers be plural and when singular?

As far as I know noun modifiers should be singular. For example: 40 person team - the person is singular even though it's multiple persons However, there are some cases in which a noun modifier will ...
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What's the difference between “I feel much happy now” and “I feel much happier now”?

What is the grammatical difference between: I feel much happy now. I feel much happier now. What is the difference between them in meaning? Can I say that both sentences are correct?
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What does “the least possible value” mean?

I was working on a GMAT question: The least possible value for the mean of the numbers of hours of TV reported for the week is [choices]. It a single choice question. But in the phrase "the least ...
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why is this answer choice (C) wrong — an SAT problem

Toni Morrison is one of America's outstanding authors, she is known for her critical essays, her novels, and her frequent appearances on television. A. NO CHANGE B. authors; she is known ...
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Modifier of the verb try

I have this quiz: __ he tried to cover up the truth, it came out at last. A. No matter what B. Whatever C. No matter how D. However hard The given answer is D but I think ...
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“My start day will be …“ or ”My starting date will be …"

Which is correct: My start date will be or My starting date will be I mean to inform a company when I will be starting new job
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“A slow moving” vs. “A slowly moving”

which of the following sentences is even more correct? There is a slow moving vehicle ahead. Or there is a slowly moving vehicle ahead. What is the difference between them. To ...
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Use of unlike at the beginning of sentence

I corrected the following sentence: Nowadays, if you drive through a forested area, the windscreen of your car will most likely remain almost clean. Unlike 20 years ago, when the windscreen was ...
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Is it possible to have two adverbs on both side of verbs, and simultaneously modify or describe the same verb?

The President's speeches are regularly reproduced verbatim in the state-run newspapers. We have two adverbs in this sentence, regularly and verbatim . Is it grammatically acceptable to put two ...
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Is this misleading?

My sentence goes like this: Marie and Jackie gather information of possible hiring managers and their company. What I want to convey is that Marie and Jackie gather information of hiring managers ...
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The “tech backlash”: type of modifier, comparison with phrase with preposition, meaning?

I've seen the expression tech backlash in the press (for instance NYT, G&M, WEF, VF) and from context I can guess it's about concerns with, or a negative reaction to, shortcomings or impacts from (...
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Do all adverbs come before another adverb modify it, or modify the whole sentence?

Keith Tharpe was convicted of the 1990 murder of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman, who had been accompanying his estranged wife. After shooting Ms. Freeman with a shotgun, Mr. Tharpe kidnapped his ...
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What is this kind of phrase called?

The Source On June 22 last year, a dozen police officers raided his home and arrested him on a charge of plotting to flee to North Korea, a crime punishable by up to seven years in prison. Mr. Kwon ...
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Articles before modified proper nouns

Nevertheless, Harry was determined to find out more about Riddle, so next day at break, he headed for the trophy room to examine Riddle’s special award, accompanied by an interested Hermione and a ...
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Two adverbs in a row with “-ly”

It seems that two adverbs that both modify one verb can't go one after the other without a conjuction in-between: He was speaking slowly unusually. Meaning to say that he was speaking both slowly ...
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Thanks to the newly (purchasing/ purchased) printer,

Which answer is correct in this sentence? Thanks to the newly (purchasing/ purchased) printer, we now have fewer problems. I think the answer is purchased because I think it means the printer was ...
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Is 'stolen' used as an adjective or noun?

Stolen is past participle of 'steal' but is it used as an adjective or noun! I couldn't find anything on the net. just this: The 71-year-old then allegedly tried to return the stolen items for cash ...
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Difference:Too Vs Very [closed]

Grammar often says that very is used with the affirmative form of the adjective; since very is to denote positive connotation. But the following sentence seems to me the paradox of the above rule: ...
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“Science books” vs. “Scientific books”

Sometimes I get puzzled whether to use a noun "science" or an adjective "scientific" to modify the following noun. > So, how could you determine, in general,which one is true? > Look at these ...
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Comparitive degree as a Modifier!

The incident gave hardly an impact upon his vastly greater preoccupations Is comparative used as a modifier? If so, then how it could be used without any comparison shown in the sentence?
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“Conveniently situated close” vs “conveniently close situated”

The hotel is conveniently situated close to the beach. Does situated describe close in this sentence? And, could we exchange their places with one another, in this way: conveniently close situated?
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the devil you know / all the money we have

In the noun phrases "the devil you know" and "all the money we have" what do we call you know and we have nowadays beyond "modifier"?
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“I cut it by hand” - what is “by hand”? (Grammatically)

I cut it by hand. Does it (vaguely) make sense to call it a transitive verb?
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the difference between when, where, and which

I am confused as to why the "where" in the sentence One domain where this is of considerable significance is music's potentially damaging effects on the ability to drive safely. cannot be a "...
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Is “chicken” a modifier in “chicken soup”?

Wikipedia says "chicken" is an adjunct which modifies the head noun "soup." But I think this analysis is a little bit weird. How could it be modifying "soup"? "Chicken" doesn't seem to be describing ...
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Can I use adjective clauses to describe a whole sentence or clause?

Modifiers are usually placed directly next to the nouns that are being modified. But what if I need to modify a clause or a sentence holistically, such as in the following sentence: when it comes ...
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Is this a misplaced modifier?

The mother took a few steps toward the family room, grabbing a long umbrella on her way. She was sure that if necessary, she could do some harm to an intruder with the pointy object. I copied this ...
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Difference between Determiners and Noun Modifiers

Hello. I would like to know whether or not there is a reasonable explanation for why both grammatical classes use different terminologies. Both Determiners and Noun Modifiers perform exactly the ...
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Definite article or indefinite article

Photosynthesis is the process in which the plants prepare their own food. Photosynthesis is a process in which plants prepare their own food. Which is grammatically correct and what is the difference ...