Topic: Modifiers in phrases

These resources cover modifiers, which are words or phrases that can be added to a Head (for example, cold before water) and allow us to construct more complex phrases and make our writing more expressive.

Modifiers in phrases

The term modifier is a function label that is used for words or phrases that modify the Head of a phrase. Put differently: a modifier gives more information about the Head; it makes its meaning more specific.

All phrase types can contain modifiers. Here are some examples:

Noun phrase modifiers:

  • big issues
  • small painting
  • very nice passages

Verb phrase modifiers:

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