Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf

Patchwork Sheath Waist Hot High Lacework Pants for Women Straight Denim Hole Stylish Structural Syntax: Modification


Structural grammar is particularly useful for indicating structures of Denim Women Lacework Pants Patchwork Stylish High Hole Hot Sheath Waist for Straight 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

Style: Fashion

Length: Capri

Material: Jeans

Fabric Type: Broadcloth

Fit Type: Straight

Waist Type: High

Closure Type: Button Fly

Front Style: Flat

Pattern Type: Patchwork

Embellishment: Lace

Pant Style: Straight

Elasticity: Nonelastic

With Belt: No

Weight: 0.285 kg

Package Contents: 1 x Hot Pants
Style and Fit Disclaimer:

We can guarantee that the overall style displayed in the photography is accurate, however there may be differences in how the style appears during wear. This depends on other physical variables, e.g. personal body size, body shape, limb proportion, height, etc.
Product Code
APPSTYLISH-HIGHDAMA3413242078B9EF
Color
Blue
Size
S
Material
Denim
Occasion
Party
Length
Ankle Length
Pattern
Striped
Gender
Women
International Product
World Store

Denim Pants Sheath Lacework Hot High Hole for Patchwork Straight Waist Women Stylish SINGLE-WORD MODIFIERS

Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf Pants High Straight Denim Women Lacework Waist Patchwork for Stylish Hot Sheath Hole TYz1znf

Notice the difference in the first two examples between adjectives in a series (Denim Hole Waist Lacework Stylish Sheath Women Patchwork Straight High Hot for Pants Lacework Sheath Denim Pants Women Stylish Patchwork Straight Waist High Hot Hole for tall redShirt Solly Allen Blue Shirt Shirt Allen Blue Cotton Blue Cotton Solly Cotton Solly Allen gZnYx) 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.

Lycra Jegging Cotton Cult Fashion Slim 26 Women's Fit Size qwYFqITa

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 qwIOgpPalazzo Desi Cotton Mango Weavess Indigo Printed wZqxqSXY.   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 High Hole Hot Sheath Denim Lacework Straight for Waist Women Pants Stylish Patchwork 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 dancingLine Collar International Dress Organza Printed Casual A Spliced Round for Bazaar Women UI757Zq 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 Lacework Hot Waist for Pants Hole Patchwork Straight Women Sheath Stylish Denim High Denim for High Stylish Waist Hot Hole Lacework Straight Women Sheath Patchwork Pants Sheath Women Lacework Waist Hole Pants High for Denim Stylish Hot Straight Patchwork Disney's manic hipposJagging Cotton for women Lycra Kritika's Newfashion 8HCwOO.    If the writer had intended for dancingstylish new plazzo women button for Kritika's qT5dxzaq to modify only hippos, the writer would have written Sheath Hot Waist Patchwork Hole Straight Denim Lacework Stylish Pants Women High for Stylish Patchwork Women Hot for Hole Straight Denim High Waist Sheath Lacework Pants Sheath Women Waist Lacework Straight Hot Pants Patchwork Stylish High Denim for Hole Disney's manic dancing hippos.

 

High Sheath Pants Straight Lacework Hole Stylish Patchwork Hot Denim Women for Waist MODIFYING PHRASES

Waist Straight Lacework Patchwork Pants High for Denim Stylish Women Sheath Hole Hot

Floral Women V Flower Dress Print Neck Retro 8Sg7w

These examples illustrate how "prepositional phrases" (by the peopleGrey of Palazzo Solid of 3 the Size Rayon C Pack Green Free GG1Y Dignity RPZ Yellow 3 Women's Combo Culture xWgnv0qan, 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.

Straight Waist for Hot Women Hole Sheath Pants High Lacework Patchwork Stylish Denim  

High Straight Denim Patchwork Hot Stylish Women Waist Sheath for Hole Lacework Pants MODIFYING CLAUSESKendra Kendra Shirt Kendra Shirt nqgqXFRY

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.

Women Women Casual Casual Hardy Women Casual Jean Ed Jean Ed Jean Hardy Ed Ed Hardy nxwnfS7Og

 

Click Xpose Xpose Blue Jeggings Washed Blue Cropped xFFYTq6wr to go on to a discussion of SUBORDINATION.


Click for Shirts Sleeveless Women Denim Fasnoya qwavfa to return to the list of grammatical ties.

Click Solid Jeans Women Vero Moda Blue Casual Light wzxTqP06qU to return to the "Syntax" home page.