Writing: A College Handbook - Modifiers (Ch. 14)


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A modifier is a word or word group that describes, limits, or qualifies another word or word group. Modifiers can show the reader the size, color, and shape of a thing, or the way an action is performed. Thus they can help to make a sentence vivid, specific, emphatic, and lively. Modifiers also let you add information without adding more sentences. If you had to start a new sentence for every new piece of detail, you would begin to sound monotonous.

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