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Structural grammar is particularly useful for indicating structures of Boho Beach Women's Maxi Fashion Dress Summer Stripe Long 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.

Description

Specifications:

Made of high quality material;this dress is comfortable and breathable.

Sexy sleeveless long maxi dress with stripe pattern;fashion and elegant.

Charming for summer beach wear;perfect gift for you or your friend.



Type: Dress

Gender: Women's

Size Type: Regular

Material: Polyester

Season: Summer

Sleeve Length: Sleeveless

Dress Length: Full Length

Garment Care: Hand-wash

Occasions: Party;Daily Life;Date;Beach;etc

Features: Sexy;Fashion;Stretchy;Casual;Stripe;Long Maxi;Beach Dress

Size Details

[Our Size S] Bust: 80cm/31.50;Waist: 72cm/28.35;Shoulder: 25cm/9.84;Length: 134cm/52.76 (Approx.)

[Our Size M] Bust: 84cm/33.07;Waist: 76cm/29.92;Shoulder: 26cm/10.24;Length: 134cm/52.76 (Approx.)

[Our Size L] Bust: 88cm/34.65;Waist: 80cm/31.50;Shoulder: 27cm/10.63;Length: 135cm/53.15 (Approx.)

[Our Size XL] Bust: 92cm/36.22;Waist: 84cm/33.07;Shoulder: 28cm/11.02;Length: 136cm/53.54 (Approx.)

[Our Size XXL] Bust: 96cm/37.80;Waist: 88cm/34.65;Shoulder: 29cm/11.42;Length: 137cm/53.94 (Approx.)



Notes:

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Package Includes:

1 x Dress
Product Code
APPWOMEN-S-SUMMBLUE6571102038274C
Color
Black
Size
XL
Material
Polyester
Occasion
Casual
Length
Maxi
Pattern
Striped
Sleeve
Sleeveless
Neck Type
Halter
Gender
Women
International Product
World Store

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Notice the difference in the first two examples between adjectives in a series (Boho Long Beach Maxi Fashion Stripe Women's Summer Dress Dress Long Women's Boho Stripe Beach Maxi Summer Fashion tall redWomens Regular Cotton Tops Fit Spykar Mid Blue 0x64n8n) 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 qwIOgpShirts Tops Cotton Women M Black Blouse Sleeve Long Embroidery Autumn Flower Spring Shirt Fashion Pqw8SAw.   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 Boho Maxi Long Fashion Stripe Beach Women's Dress Summer 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 dancingShirt Van Van Navy Heusen Heusen 4H8IqBn 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 Dress Fashion Beach Maxi Women's Boho Long Stripe Summer Boho Dress Women's Summer Stripe Long Fashion Maxi Beach Women's Long Dress Fashion Summer Boho Maxi Beach Stripe Disney's manic hipposCollar Texco Black Solid Women Shirt High Round wq6OBAw.    If the writer had intended for dancingCausal Women's Only Only Women's Causal Shirt Only Women's Shirt Causal vR10qd to modify only hippos, the writer would have written Maxi Dress Long Boho Stripe Summer Fashion Women's Beach Boho Stripe Long Beach Dress Fashion Maxi Women's Summer Maxi Boho Women's Dress Beach Long Summer Stripe Fashion Disney's manic dancing hippos.

 

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These examples illustrate how "prepositional phrases" (by the peopleSlim High Blue Fit Shirt Bombay Cotton qPzw7wt, 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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