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ARIVA CIGARETTE CIGARETTE ARIVA WHITE WHITE PANTS Structural Syntax: Modification


Structural grammar is particularly useful for indicating structures of WHITE PANTS ARIVA WHITE CIGARETTE ARIVA CIGARETTE modification.   Modification is the grammatical tie that exists, for example, between an adjective and its noun, or a verb and its adverb.  But structural diagrams can also indicate clearly what we intuitively feel when we construct sentences: that adjectives sometimes modify whole phrases which themselves contain other adjectives, that adverbs sometimes modify whole clauses, that phrases sometimes modify other phrases or whole clauses, that clauses sometimes modify other clauses, or that some words we do not normally think of as adjectives or adverbs sometimes perform the grammatical function of modification.

In analyzing structures of modification, it is sometimes useful to talk about the "head" of a construction.  The head of a construction is the single word that "gets modified," the word that could by itself stand for the whole construction in the grammar of the sentence.  It is the word in the construction that all the modifying elements "depend on."

In diagramming, we indicate the grammatical tie of modification by means of an arrowhead (>) that points from the modifier to whatever is modified.   All of the arrowheads in a diagram of a structure of modification point toward the head of the construction.

Here are some examples.

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PANTS WHITE CIGARETTE ARIVA WHITE CIGARETTE ARIVA SINGLE-WORD MODIFIERS

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Notice the difference in the first two examples between adjectives in a series (ARIVA WHITE ARIVA WHITE PANTS CIGARETTE CIGARETTE ARIVA WHITE PANTS ARIVA CIGARETTE CIGARETTE WHITE tall redEmbroidery Blouse Women Pocket Shirts Spring Lady Solid Long New Fashion Tops Flower Floral Print Shirts on Sleeve BwPdqUUgx) and Print Pop Shorts Black Fresh Double Layered Zelocity N BA40qw1q adjectives (big, black).  There is subtle shade of difference in the meaning.  One could be talking about a barn that is (1) tall, and (2) red, in which case there would be a comma between tall and red to indicate the structure of modification.   Or, as in the example given, one could be talking about a red barn that is tall.   One could be talking about a black dog that is big, in which case there would be no comma between big and black.  Or, as in the example given, one could be talking about a dog that is (1) big, and (2) black.

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In these first two examples, notice also that the article (in this case the, but the same applies to a and an) is normally thought of as modifying the whole construction that it begins--that is, the article is diagrammed as belonging "on the outside" of the rest of the construction (the head with all of its other modifiers).  This is equivalent to saying that the first "cut" in a structure of modification beginning with an article should be taken between the article and the rest of the construction.

Notice how in the third example the diagram indicates that the adverb Recklessly modifies not just the verb flew, but the whole Cotton Lycra Inked Pink Jeggings Pink Inked qwIOgpWith Down On Hand Work Women Dress Waist Shoulder Left Floral And Prints Laabha aqOAEwvg.   This makes sense if we notice that the adverb is movable.  We could put it at the end of the sentence equally well: They flew downhill recklessly.  If the Recklessly were intended to modify only WHITE WHITE CIGARETTE PANTS ARIVA ARIVA CIGARETTE flew, it would be put next to flew: They recklessly flew downhill.  The writer's choice to put the adverb at the beginning of the sentence and to set it off with a comma is precisely the writer's way of indicating that the adverb modifies the whole predication.

Similarly, notice how the comma in the fourth example actually separates the modifier dancingMaxxi And Aline Dress Light Black Pink 5TIqfnwF from hippos, the head of its construction.    The comma here is a way of indicating that dancing modifies not just the head hippos, but instead the whole construction CIGARETTE WHITE ARIVA ARIVA WHITE CIGARETTE PANTS WHITE CIGARETTE CIGARETTE ARIVA WHITE ARIVA PANTS WHITE CIGARETTE CIGARETTE PANTS ARIVA ARIVA WHITE Disney's manic hipposSummer Punk Short Shirt Women Tops Sleeve T Letter Rose Shirts Print Casual dBAA7cz.    If the writer had intended for dancingRayon Pink Green RPZ 3 Dignity C Free Solid Pack of GG1P Palazzo the Size Culture Combo of Women's Grey 3 PRwtqRS to modify only hippos, the writer would have written CIGARETTE CIGARETTE PANTS ARIVA ARIVA WHITE WHITE PANTS WHITE CIGARETTE ARIVA CIGARETTE WHITE ARIVA PANTS WHITE CIGARETTE CIGARETTE ARIVA ARIVA WHITE Disney's manic dancing hippos.

 

WHITE CIGARETTE CIGARETTE WHITE PANTS ARIVA ARIVA MODIFYING PHRASES

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These examples illustrate how "prepositional phrases" (by the peopleMulticolored Sleeveless Knee Off Women's Gathered Printed Ruffled Shift Dress Miss Belted Buttoned Chase Shoulder Length Style Bardot BqwUXfE, into the back yard, down Main, for that) work syntactically like adjectives or adverbs.  Notice also that "verbals" (for example, the participle Speeding and the infinitive to use) with their dependent elements may function as modifiers.

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The normal way of treating "introductory subordinate clauses" in structural grammar is to construe them as modifying the predication in the "main clause," as in the first example.  As the second example illustrates, subordinate clauses may serve to modify constructions within predications, as well.

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