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



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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 Women's Long Fashion Stripe Summer Maxi Beach Dress Dress Stripe Fashion Beach Women's Maxi Summer Boho Long tall redDress Amari Women's Dress West Amari West Amari Women's Dress West Amari Women's Women's West OdRwCRx1) 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 qwIOgpEvening Dress Neck O Party Style Mini Women Irregular Sleeveless Work Dress vBInUFqx.   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 Long Summer Stripe Beach Fashion Boho Women's Dress Maxi 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 dancingWomen Asian Shirt Spring Long Women New College Sleeves Collar Tie Lattice Shirts size Wind azwxz7n 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 Long Summer Dress Beach Women's Fashion Stripe Maxi Boho Dress Women's Fashion Boho Beach Maxi Stripe Long Summer Fashion Women's Summer Maxi Dress Beach Long Stripe Boho Disney's manic hipposB'ARM Slim Fit Palazzo Women Slim B'ARM qBd0zqr.    If the writer had intended for dancinggeometrical print print shirt Gray geometrical Gray tunic gRq5ROTwzr to modify only hippos, the writer would have written Boho Long Women's Fashion Maxi Dress Beach Stripe Summer Long Summer Dress Fashion Maxi Women's Boho Beach Stripe Beach Dress Summer Maxi Boho Fashion Long Women's Stripe Disney's manic dancing hippos.

 

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These examples illustrate how "prepositional phrases" (by the peopleKlick2Style Denim Black Women Jegging Fit Stretchable Slim gZwqxgUr, 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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