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  • Modifiers TORTOSA MONDEJAR GONZAGA BALIBALOS
  • What is a modifier? Modifiers are used to clarify, explain, describe and otherwise delimit the meaning of other parts of speech and sentence elements. These are words, phrases, or clauses that give descriptive details. When considering the proper form of a modifier, ask yourself what word is being modified.
  •  The first step in identifying modifiers is to read the sentence and look for descriptive words. You should then look at each descriptive word and try to determine whether it is an adjective or an adverb.
  •  An adjective describes a noun or pronoun It answers the questions: how many which one what kind?
  • Examples
  • 1. She is a good tennis player. (What kind of tennis player is she?)2. This is an easy exercise. (What kind of exercise is it?)3. She gave the swing a gentle push. (What kind of push did she give the swing?)4. Jumping with joy, she rejoiced about her victory.
  •  An adverb describes a:  verb  an adjective another adverb It answers the questions: when, where, how, why, and to what extent.
  • Examples
  • 1. She plays tennis well. (How does she play?)2. This exercise is relatively easy. (To what extent is it easy?)3. She pushed the swing gently. (How did she push the swing?)
  •  In the same vein, remember that adjectives modify nouns and pronouns. Do not mistakenly use an adverb to modify these parts of speech. For example, after a linking verb you may be tempted to use an adverb instead of an adjective. You will recall that the linking verb is a special kind of verb because it links its subject to a subject complement.
  •  A subject complement can be either a noun (renaming the subject) or a modifier (describing the subject). When it is a modifier it must be an adjective because it describes the subject (always a noun or pronoun). It does not modify the linking verb itself and should therefore not be an adverb:  [WRONG] We felt badly about having caused the accident  [RIGHT] We felt bad about having caused the accident.
  • Identify the modifier and tell whether it functions as an adjective or an adverb. She set it down very gently. It was a nice house. Mr. Clinton is a wealthy man. She gave the man a frightening stare. The politician is a man of friendly nature. He does his presentation carelessly. My father is a great mentor. June 23 is the longest day. He rudely answered the phone call. We recently constructed this house.