MODIFIER: Adjective, adverb, phrase, or clause that describes another word.
NOUN PHRASE MODIFIER: The first type of modifier in the English language is the noun phrase modifier. A noun phrase modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes a noun or noun phrase.
ADJECTIVE PHRASE MODIFIERS: The second type of modifier in the English language is the adjective phrase modifier. An adjective phrase modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes an adjective or adjective phrase
VERB PHRASE MODIFIERS: The third type of modifier in the English language is the verb phrase modifier. A verb phrase modifier is a word or phrase that describes a verb or verb phrase.
ADVERB PHRASE MODIFIERS: The fourth type of modifier in the English language is the adverb phrase modifier. An adverb phrase modifier is a word that describes an adverb or adverb phrase.
MISPLACED MODIFIER: A phrase, clause or word placed too far away from the noun or pronoun it modifies. Examples:
- The boy walked the dog in his pajamas.
- This sounds like the dog was wearing pajamas!
- Fix: The boy, in his pajamas, walked the dog.
- Only Einstein wrote two books.
- Fix: Einstein only wrote two books.
DANGLING MODIFIERS: A word or phrase that modifies a word that is not stated in the sentence. Example:
- After playing with her toys, the room was a mess.
- We do not know who was playing with the toys!
- Fix: After playing with her toys, the girl left the room a mess
This sign currently implies that children are moving slowly and crossing. Really, the message is for cars to proceed with caution, as children may be crossing. To fix this, the sign could read: “Go Slow, Children Crossing” or “Slow, Children Crossing.”