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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of modify.


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  • The point of the bill and of the law it modifies is not to expatriate people who kill.

    Joe Should Go

  • The problem with dropping, though, isn't that the noun it modifies is too far away.

    Word Court

  • Wherever the word modifies a verb or an adjective or another adverb, an adverb should be used, and wherever the word, whatever its location in the sentence, modifies a noun or pronoun, an adjective should be used.

    Practical Grammar and Composition

  • The thought behind the hyphen is that “hired gun problem” is ambiguous: “hired-gun problem” demonstrates that the “hired gun” phrase modifies “problem” rather than “hired” modifying “gun problem,” i.e., ((hired gun) problem) rather than (hired (gun problem)).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Use of Hyphens:

  • In other words, to show that this contradiction is really a contradiction, you have to show that it is impossible for anything to be both God and man, because otherwise the reduplicative propositions 'God as God is immortal' and 'God as man is mortal' are not contradictory the reduplicative phrase modifies the predicate and prevents them from being univocal; if so, the alleged contradiction is a case of the fallacy of equivocation.

    Archive 2005-01-01

  • “If a descriptive word modifies a verb rather than a noun, then what happens?”

    Walking on Air

  • In other uses, hyphenate only when used before the word it modifies: She traveled a long distance.

    Essential Guide to Business Style and Usage

  • In this case the prepositional phrase modifies the subject and should not be far from it.

    Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence A Manual for Reporters, Correspondents, and Students of Newspaper Writing

  • Bandai Entertainment's Ocean Group-created English dub modifies the style of delivery of a couple of the characters a little bit but otherwise remains faithful to the original performances.

    Anime News Network

  • Generally, place only before the word it modifies: She only goes to the store means she doesn’t go elsewhere.

    Essential Guide to Business Style and Usage


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