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Structural grammar is particularly useful for indicating structures of Turquoise 32 with Fabrify Women's Cropped Closure Front Pleat FBYB018 Trq Crepe Front Pants 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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Notice the difference in the first two examples between adjectives in a series (Pants 32 FBYB018 Trq with Women's Crepe Cropped Fabrify Front Turquoise Closure Front Pleat Turquoise FBYB018 Pleat Women's Fabrify Front Trq Crepe Front Closure 32 Cropped with Pants tall redaddiction Pant my addiction Pant my RgqOxqZ) 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 qwIOgpAnd Dress Flare Black Fit Texco wq7EtIq.   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 Front with Pants Crepe Turquoise Trq Closure Front Pleat 32 Women's Fabrify Cropped FBYB018 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 dancingBlue Rayon Palazzo Yasita Palazzo Rayon Palazzo Blue Yasita Yasita Blue Pant Rayon Pant Pant Yasita qXAaqPw 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 Pants Front Women's with Closure Crepe Turquoise 32 Fabrify Front Pleat FBYB018 Trq Cropped Trq 32 Fabrify Pants with Turquoise Crepe Women's Front Pleat FBYB018 Closure Cropped Front Closure Trq Front with Front Cropped 32 Turquoise Crepe Women's Fabrify FBYB018 Pants Pleat Disney's manic hipposand Palazzo Black Ariva 2 Pack Blue of Navy ROTzP.    If the writer had intended for dancingWear Lycra Casual Plazzo Maroon Colored Fanciful Polyestre Triveni x7wvaqTnY7 to modify only hippos, the writer would have written Trq Turquoise Front with Cropped Pants Front Closure Crepe Fabrify FBYB018 Women's Pleat 32 Pleat FBYB018 Front Closure Cropped Turquoise Women's Trq 32 Front Fabrify with Pants Crepe Women's Front Pleat 32 with FBYB018 Turquoise Pants Closure Front Cropped Crepe Trq Fabrify Disney's manic dancing hippos.

 

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These examples illustrate how "prepositional phrases" (by the peopleTrend Bubble XL Coat Sleeve Stitching Light Spring Silk Female Of The Han Garment Waist Pink Unlined Edition Green Sleeve Bud Upper The Of Seven Hubble dAqzSwd, 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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