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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Relative clauses vs Adverb in the sentence

After a week of inaction she came back with flying dates 10 days earlier than I wanted and one hotel suggestion: a Holiday Inn — in Paris! His government would seek a date earlier than 2014. In ...
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What does “available” modify in the sentence below?

There are 500 kg of this material available in our stocks. In this sentence does the ''available'' modify '' 500 kg. of this material '' or only ''material''? I thought it modifies ''500 kg. of this ...
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Dangling modifier

Is it correct to write - According to the conditions of my scholarship, after finishing my degree, the University will employ me. The university doesn't finish the degree. So if I write 'after ...
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*Slowing* gaining strength_ What part of speech is 'slowing' in the phrases below?

I thought the authors misused the word 'slowing', because it seems that 'slowly' as an adverb should be used. However, there are multiple examples using slowing + gaining + something(noun). Really ...
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Is “under” considered as a noun modifier to “box”?

He keeps his money box under his bed. Does the adverb "under" modify the head "box"?
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Modifiers in the sentence below

1)Police officers found the footage of the building ten hours ago. 2)Did you see the view of our city a hundred years ago? Police officers found the footage which showed what happened in the ...
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Why use an adjective after a noun?

I heard phrases like "place nice" and "place safe" several times during watching series and movies and each time I was wondering why an adjective stands after a noun while they teach that adjectives ...
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How can I attributively express a place's population?

I guess I can't just say, for example, '4,000,000 Los Angeles', i.e. simply put a numeral as a modifier. There's the word 'strong' that can be used for this purpose but, I believe, for different ...
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What should I choose as a modifier: a member of a group or activity?

If I want to construct a phrase meaning "people who teamed up to engage in some specific activity" (in my case, illegal activity), what should I choose as a modifier: a word for the activity or a word ...
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Volunteer/Candidate as Modifiers?

I am translating texts in the field of education, and got confused about two specific words (volunteer and candidate). Can we use these words as modifiers? To illustrate, can we say the following? ...
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Misplaced modifier? Judging by

I have read many sentences with the modifier "judging by..." followed by the subject "it". Such as this example: Judging by his appearance, it is clear that he doesn't comb his hair. The sentence ...
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‘Centuries-old architecture’ or ‘century-old architecture’

I came across the phrase ‘centuries-old architecture‘ in a video provided by BBC learning English. It’s common knowledge that a boy who is 12 years old can be called ‘a 12-year-old boy’ so why don’t ...
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What goes with marks - much or many?

1) How many marks do I need to get in order t get into the college? 2) How much marks do I need to get in order to get into the college? Does the 2nd sentence without the word marks sound better? " ...
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“results' statistics” vs. “results statistics”

How should I write this. There are many results. we remove them them from our results' statistics vs. we remove them from our results statistics vs. we remove them from our result ...
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Adjective or adverb before another adjective

I am aware that adjectives only modify nouns, while adverbs modify everything else (verbs, adjectives and other adverbs). However I'm experiencing some difficulty identifying these two expressions ...
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When is modifier noun in plural?

Why isn't "store" in the plural in the sentence below? More than 7,400 store closures have been announced this year The sentence is from Financial Times.
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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 ...