Modifiers . What are modifiers?. Words or groups of words that change or limit the meanings of other words. Two kinds: adjectives and adverbs. Adjectives. Modifies a noun or pronoun Tells how many: ten, many, several, every Tells which one: this, that, these, those
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What are modifiers? Words or groups of words that change or limit the meanings of other words. Two kinds: adjectives and adverbs
Adjectives Modifies a noun or pronoun Tells how many: ten, many, several, every Tells which one: this, that, these, those Tells which kind: large, beautiful, innocent Tells how much: little, enough, less Articles : the, a, an are adjectives
Adverbs Modify verbs, adjectives, and adverbs Tell where: outside Tell when: yesterday Tell how: slowly Tell to what extent: very
Comparisons of Modifiers • Form of adjective/adverb tells the degree of comparison • Three forms • Positive: Describes individual things, groups, or actions • Ex: Poe was a great writer. • Comparative: Compares two things groups or actions • Ex. I think Poe was a greater writer than Hawthorne. • Superlative: Used to compare more than two things • Ex. I think Poe was the greatest writer of all time.
Using Modifiers Correctly • Double comparisons • er/est OR more/most • Incorrect: I like her more better than she likes me. • Bad/ Badly • Bad is ALWAYS an adjective after linking verbs (be/feel); badly is always an adverb • Incorrect: Ed felt badly after his team lost. (bad) • Good/ Well • Good: adjective; used before a noun or after a linking verb/before nouns • Well: adverb meaning “expertly” or “properly” OR used as an adjective after a linking verb “in good health” • Today I feel well. Those glasses look good on you.
Double Negatives When using –n’t or not, use “any” rather than “no” words Incorrect: I don’t have no money. Correct: I don’t have any money.
Misplaced Modifiers Placed so far away from the word it modifies the wrong noun Misplaced: We found the child in the park who was missing. (park is not missing; the child is) Clearer: We found the child who was missing in the park.
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