The modifier in English Grammer with Examples
Today at oureducation.in we will be teaching you to understand the English grammar with logic. No need to remember a lot of rules and regulations for learning the English grammar. If you are able to relate the things logically you need not cram the grammatical convention method of learning English.
Modifiers can be an adjective or an adverb. Modifiers give you the extra information about something within the sentence. Modifier can be as simple as one single word.
E.g Tired out from playing volleyball, Ronaldo decided to take a nap.
In the above sentence tired out from playing the volleyball describes the noun, Ronaldo.
Generally, modifier provides the extra information as to why Ronaldo decided to take a nap.
Many modifiers will answer the questions of why, what, when, where, who.
Incorrect usage of modifier can lead to the ambiguity or logical meaning of the given sentence. So precautions must be taken with using the modifier within the sentence.
Trick:- Try to place the modifier near to the noun to make the meaning clear.
The IMPORTANT Thing to understand over here for the modifier is that in most of the examinations like IELTS, TOEFL, GMAT, GRE examination you will come across the option choices that uses an adjective where an adverb is grammatically required and vice versa.
1.Mark Zuckerberg’s grandmother is his supposed Irish ancestor.
2.Mark Zuckerberg’s grandmother is his supposedly Irish ancestor.
Are you able to understand the difference? In the first option, the supposed points to the noun ancestor that implies Mark Zuckerberg grandmother is not actually his grandmother. In the option 2, the adverb supposedly points to the adjective phrase implying that Mark Zuckerberg grandmother is not actually Irish.
How to apply logic in English?
Let me explain to you how to apply logic to the English language. In the option 1 you can see that Mark Zuckerberg grandmother has to be his own ancestor. If she wasn’t, the sentence would call her his supposed grandmother. Not the supposed ancestor. In the second option above it gives the sensible meaning if you think logically. Mark Zuckerberg grandmother is supposedly Irish but she may not be after all.
Use adjective modifier only when it is referring to the noun. Use the adverb modifier only when it modifies anything other than noun or pronoun.
The commonly used adjective which can be confused with the adverb is Supposed, corresponding, frequent, independent, Rare, recent, separate, significant usual.