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Using Modifiers Correctly
Transcript of Using Modifiers Correctly
Adverb-Modify adjectives, verbs and other
adverbs Adjective definition -A word or a group of words that modifies a noun or pronoun. Adverb definition -
A word that modifies an adjective, a verb, or another adverb. Prepositional: Two types Participle: Positive Doesn't compare anything. Includes only one object Comparative Compares two things Superlative Compares at least 3 or more things Usually adding "er", more or less will make modifier comparative Usually adding "est", least or most will make modifier superlative There are 2 types of modifiers: Adjective Watch Out For... Double negatives and double comparisons! For double negatives, take out the unnecessary negative. Modifier definition -
A word or a group of words that modifies a word or groups of words in a sentence. Adverb Ex. I don't use no double negatives! any In this case, you would take out the "no" and replace it with "any" Adverbs answer questions such as Where? When? How? Why? and To what extent? Ex. The dog gracefully performed its act. A verb that acts as an adjective
Modify nouns and pronouns
Only phrase that can be one word
It can have complements and phrases It is next to the word it modifies (usually in front of it), because of this it cannot start sentences They can be found anywhere in the sentence and can start a sentence Phrases Continued & Clauses Infinitive: Start with to and is followed by the verb, can act as adjectives, adverbs and nouns Depending on what the infinitive is acting as determines where it goes Dangling Modifiers They are incomplete thoughts
Fix by adding more words (usually a person or object is missing) Ex - Singing on stage she sounded wonderful
Change to - While she was singing on stage she sounded wonderful. Misplaced Modifiers They are not modifying the right word or words in the sentence
Fix by moving them closer to what they modify Ex - The kid watched the turtle in the tree.
Change to - The kid in the tree watched the turtle. Remember that even clauses can be misplaced in a sentence! Ex - The beautiful cat licked its paw. Ex- I went to the park. Ex - According to the news it is going to rain today. Ex - My parrot ate the seeds who sings a lot.
Change to - My parrot who sings a lot ate the seeds. Ex - Please show me the best way to paint the door. The End Ready for a review? You can often see a misplaced modifier if there is a pronoun with no antecedent