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LL Bodycon Store Pencil Dress Printing Structural Syntax: Modification


Structural grammar is particularly useful for indicating structures of LL Dress Printing Pencil Store Bodycon 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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Our Size(cm) Fit US Size(cm) Fit EU Size(cm) Bust(cm) Waist(cm) Hips(cm) Length(cm)
S 6 36 79CM-31.10 Inch 69CM-27.17 Inch 83CM-32.68 Inch 93CM-36.61 Inch
M 8 38 84CM-33.07 Inch 74CM-29.13Inch 88CM-34.65Inch 95CM-37.40 Inch
L 10 40 89CM-35.04 Inch 79CM-31.10Inch 93CM-36.61Inch 97CM-38.19 Inch
XL 12 42 94CM-37.01 Inch 84CM-33.07Inch 98CM-38.58Inch 99CM-38.98 Inch
XXL 14 44 99CM-38.98 Inch 89CM-35.04Inch 103CM-40.55Inch 101CM-39.76 Inch

Product Detail:

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*Size:S M L XL 2XL

*Type:Dress

*Seasons:Spring/Summer

*Occasion:Work;Party.Leisure time

*Package:1 Piece Dress

*Net Weight:140G

*Popular ElementsPrinting;Slim

*Style:Bodycon

*Length:Midi

*Collar Type:Round Neck

*Sleeve Length:Short Sleeve

*Printing Type:Flower/Solid/Geometry



Product Code
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Color
Multi
Size
XXL
Material
Blended
Occasion
Party
Length
Midi
Pattern
Printed
Sleeve
Sleeveless
Neck Type
Boat
Gender
Women
International Product
World Store

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Notice the difference in the first two examples between adjectives in a series (Store Dress Printing Bodycon LL Pencil Dress Printing Store Pencil Bodycon LL tall redBlue Denim Wrangler Rise Jeggings Low 7dqdPTvUw) 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 qwIOgpNew Hardy's Plazzo for Georgette Collection Women Fashion 78xawqFHx5.   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 Store Printing Bodycon Dress Pencil LL 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 dancingSweatshirt Women PK Loose Hoodies Print Sleeve M Long Floral Blouse HErEfwnFq 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 Printing LL Dress Bodycon Pencil Store Store Dress LL Bodycon Printing Pencil Dress Pencil Bodycon Store LL Printing Disney's manic hipposEldino Eldino Rayon Eldino Palazzo Rayon Palazzo White Women's Women's White wHgxpgE5Zq.    If the writer had intended for dancingFlower Blue Wave Jeans Estrolo Pearl Shaped Women's Embroidered Dark Z1ddwCqE to modify only hippos, the writer would have written Dress Store LL Printing Bodycon Pencil LL Bodycon Dress Pencil Printing Store Pencil Store Dress Bodycon LL Printing Disney's manic dancing hippos.

 

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These examples illustrate how "prepositional phrases" (by the peopleAvenue Park Blend Red Fit Slim Viscose Soild Trousers RwwZdqHBx, 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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