Questions about modifiers.

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What's large about the Large Hadron Collider?

In Connolly's "The Gates", the narrator says, rather superciliously, "The Large Hadron Collider is, as the name suggests, large." I realised that I had always thought of it as the (Large Hadron) ...
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Reliable test for whether PP is an adverb PP or adjective PP

"We should tie the rope to the tree." The McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage gives two tests for determining if a PP is adjectival or adverbial, neither of which stands up to much ...
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Postmodification using participle: Is it grammatical?

I am a Japanese teacher of English who is making a teaching material for my students. I would like to know whether the following usage would be totally accepted in school grammar. To put my question ...
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Ambiguous modifier at the end of this sentence? [closed]

We review recurrent neural networks in computer science, a simple class of learning algorithms that permit feedback between the different nodes in the network. I have two questions: Is the ...
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Is that “the most” or just “most” to be used for a superlative of an adverb?

I wonder whether to use the determinant "the" when it is to be used for superlative of an adverb as follows: (A) These neurons innervate most densely to layer 1. (B) These neurons innervate ...
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Modifier placement/ Dangling modifier

Is there any misplacement in the use of the modifier in any sentence? which one looks better & why? Manifesting their delight, People of our neighbouring countries, after the hard-fought ...
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In what way do these adverbial prepositional phrases modify the verb?

Adverbial prepositional phrases usually answer one of these questions: when, how, where, and why. Furthermore, if the phrase is movable it’s a good sign that the phrase is adverbial. I am also aware ...
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Some Sentence and Comma [closed]

Whatever the degree of integration, teaching autistic children effectively will require more funding, to train both specialist and mainstream teachers. Why do we need comma after "funding" and ...
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Funny modifiers

How would you rewrite this funny modifier: Freshly painted, Jim left the room to dry. Does this sentence mean that he left the room for something else, and he left the room to dry? How would you ...
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“Science committee” vs “Scientific committee”

Is Science Committee correct and/or more accurate than Scientific Committee? I'm in a committee at a science lab where we organize events to promote the research done in-house. The committee is a ...
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“high-quality” vs. “quality”

This appeared in the NYT the other day: "...creating a quality product is challenging." I've always been under the impression that one should say "high-quality" or "low-quality" or have some modifier(...
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'Well' after: How to use 'well after' in a sentence? [closed]

She waited till well after midnight. What does well after signify here? There are 51 definitions of well at the Merriam Webster Dictionary. It is not immediately obvious which one applies here. ...
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they interrogated Harry, nervous…/ dangling/misplaced clause

a. They interrogated Harry, exhausted. b. They interrogated Harry, nervous. c. They interrogated Harry, nervous because he thought they had found his gun. d. They interrogated Harry, nervous and ...
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Does the “rule of the last antecedent” apply to casual conversation?

The Supreme Court recently decided Lockhart v United States using the rule that a limiting clause or phrase . . . should ordinarily be read as modifying only the noun or phrase that it ...
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In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun?

I thought I'd post this as it illustrates a problem often encountered on ELU. In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun? I've seen ...
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In “thin green candle”, can these adjectives be considered cumulative?

I have read that coordinate adjectives can be separated by commas, since both modify the noun, and cumulative adjectives cannot, since the first noun modifies the combination of the last adjective and ...
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Nowhere near and nowhere close to

I am so confused about which is modifying which. In the sentence below: It was nowhere close to being done. Nowhere: An adverb modifying close It's the farthest I could get. I don't know if ...
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“0/the lazy/clever Peter”: definite article with modified proper names

In some grammar book I read: The use of articles with names of persons modified by adjectives is varied. In most cases no article is used with names of persons modified by the adjectives old, young, ...
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Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers: the use of adverbs

When you say: I earn fifty dollars a week scarcely. I know this is not correct. It doesn't sound right and you can't apply an adverb to "a week" because it doesn't make sense and that's not the ...
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Can “Christmas” be used as an adjective?

I was just wondering whether I can write Christmas-colored stockings Christmas can be a modifier like Christmas gift, but can it be used as an adjective?
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Is there a dangling modifier in this sentence?

"The expression constantly changes while watching it". We are talking about a picture here and this sentence is supposed to mean "while smb. is watching it", "it" refers to the expression. Is it a ...
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How should a multiple-word noun be punctuated within a compound adjective?

I would like to use a noun made of multiple words (like particle board, Mount Everest, or windscreen wiper) in a compound adjective with a hyphen. But I don't know how to hyphenate such a composition....
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Is there a rule for what we can turn into a compound modifier/adj?

Consider the following: The music was perfect for a windows-down, summer's-day car ride. Is this sentence grammatically correct? The hyphen usage looks particularly odd, but since they are being ...
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ambiguity of antecedent of participle modifier in a GMAT question

Below is a GMAT sentence correction question, regarding the proper usage of "include". \begin{question} As an actress and, more importantly, as a teacher of acting, [Stella Adler was one of the ...
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Term for words that are modified by prefixing the word with “a” (e.g. anew, aplenty)

It occurred to me that there are quite a large number of words - many of them archaic - that are existing words prefixed with the letter 'a' to create a new word. For example: anew, aplenty, atwitter, ...
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Is “away” an adverb in “He ran away”. Also, is it an Object?

Is 'away' the object of the verb 'ran' in: I ran away ... or is it an adverb modifying the verb 'ran'? It seems to be obligatory, which may indicate that it's a phrasal verb as ODO has a ...
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to phrase… where is the noun it modifies?

She is not a person to fear. She is not a person to be feared. It is fine to use both forms, but I cannot catch the definite difference between them in meaning. Also, why is it OK to use both ...
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What does an adjunct modify?

Does an adjunct always modify the noun or can it modify the verb, too? For example: He talked about me [in a hateful way]. I don't think that saying "in a hateful way" modifies him would be ...
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What does the term “scheduled” modify in the following sentence:

For the purpose of this article, a pre-approved absence is defined as a scheduled vacation day, personal day, compensatory day or an excused sick day.
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What does C modify in “A of B that C”? “A” or “B” or “A of B”? Are there some rules?

I have sentences as follow, I want to know what the "that", "while", and the second "that" subordinate clause modify? The goal is to find short descriptions of the members of a collection that enable ...
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Participle phrase at the end of the sentence

When participle phrase comes at the end of the sentence, it usually modifies the subject. 1 He smiled nervously with a chocolate in his hands, thinking that the end has come. Here, participle ...
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Modifiers of pronouns

Someone new Anybody else Something good I've never thought about it, but why does the adjective follow the noun it modifies? Is there a technical term for this?
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Which clauses with phrases

Can which clause modify participle phrases? Which clause is usually used for summarizing or explaining the clause before it. 1 His wife was stunning, which was always his pride. 2 I left ...
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Noun (date) as modifier - comma after year needed?

I know that we should always add a comma after the year if the date format is like September 15, 2015. But I've also read that if the date is used as an adjective, there should be no comma. In these ...
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Preposition phrases: “for many days in a cocoon” / “in a cocoon for many days”

Are both sentences correct, or is one of them wrong grammatically ? 1) After eating, they rest for many days in a cocoon. 2) After eating, they rest in a cocoon for many days. I can't figure out ...
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Noun as modifier—singular or plural? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? statistical models for process monitoring Statistical models for processes monitoring.
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“Hush puppies, if you've never heard of them, are a fried cornmeal dumpling.”

In this sentence, what does the subordinate clause "if you've never heard of them" modify? It doesn't seem like it modifies the verb "are" because it's not a condition for the hush puppies to be a ...
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Can I omit “which was”?

In this sentence, can I omit "which was"? "Leaning forward, he looked at his right hand, which was wrapped in thick, white bandages."
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Putting descriptive words in reverse order

There are sentences like this. He was a calm and nice person. He talked with vaguely old and British expression. I always thought that since "calm and nice" is not a phrase, it came ...
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Can a participle phrase modify a clause?

It is generally taught that participial/participle phrases function as adjectives modifying a noun (or pronoun). In a sentence such as: A major accident occurred on our bus's route to school, ...
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Function of a specific phrase in a sentence

In the following sentence, what is the function of "not, as one might assume, in English"? For example, is it some type of clause that modifies "wrote"? The Irish author Samuel Beckett originally ...
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Isn't this an illogical comparison?

Here is a usage and mechanics question that I need help understanding: Change the italicized portion with the best replacement, or choose A if correct. When light from a distant source, ...
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What is the second clause modifying?

I went to swimming pool three times a week through out my childhood, Monday, Tuesday, and Friday morning practices that were exhausting but fruiful. I simply cannot find the clause "a Monday......
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“I wish for a rest now”: what does “now” modify?

Consider this sentence: I am truly amazed by my success at this diagramming business, but I wish for a rest now. I think that the adverb "now" modifies "rest". But according to the answer page, ...
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What's it called when you use “with” in a list, but it's not clear which part of the sentence “with” refers to?

This has been driving me mad lately, I'm editing a lot of copy and this is the most common error I've noticed. Here's an example: "Amenities at the inn include a traditional pub with a menu ...
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Appositive OK in loose construction / as postmodifier?

I'm wondering about this kind of sentence: The girl would regularly steamroll the boys, the diva of her class. The typical rule for appositives is that because they are adjectival they ...
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“The only factor considered” — no subject?

Is All this goes to show that the strength and presentation of an argument should not be the only factor considered when evaluating proposals and making decisions. grammatically correct? Or ...
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What the heck is “not”, anyway?

Consider the following sentences: Enough are present to form a quorum. Not enough are present to form a quorum. M-W and Wiktionary both label enough as a pronoun in this usage, but they also ...
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Is a dark polka dot necktie dark?

In The Syntactic Phenomena of English, McCawley considers the phrase "a dark blue necktie", and concludes that "blue" in that phrase is simultaneously a noun and an adjective. It modifies the noun ...