- a person or thing that modifies.
- a word, phrase, or sentence element that limits or qualifies the sense of another word, phrase, or element in the same construction.
- the immediate constituent of an endocentric construction that is not the head.
Origin of modifier
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Examples from the Web for modifiers
Nouns are adjectives, subjects disagree with objects, modifiers dangle, malapropisms abound.The Gpistolary Novel: Tao Lin’s ‘Taipei’
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Clauses and modifiers must be attached in a way that cannot be overlooked.Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence
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The noun or pronoun which is the object of a preposition may also have its modifiers.
Since pronouns are used in place of nouns, they may have modifiers, also, just as nouns do.
The modifiers of the predicate are either adverbs or adverb phrases.
The modifiers of the subject are either adjectives or adjective phrases.
- Also called: qualifier grammar a word or phrase that qualifies the sense of another word; for example, the noun alarm is a modifier of clock in alarm clock and the phrase every day is an adverbial modifier of walks in he walks every day
- a person or thing that modifies
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Word Origin and History for modifiers
1580s, agent noun of modify. Grammatical sense is from 1865.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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