learn English modifiers

learn English modifiers

A modifier tells the time, place, or manner of the actions. Very often it’s a prepositional phrase. A prepositional phrase is a group of words that begins with a prepositional and ends with a noun. Note: The modifier of time usually comes last if more than one modifier is present.

Example of prepositional phrases:

In the morning, or, At the university and, On the table.

The modifier can also be an adverb or an adverbial phrase.

Last night, hurriedly, next year, outdoors, yesterday.

Note: Every sentence doesn’t require a modifier. The modifier answers the question when? Where? Or how?


Veasna bought a book at the bookstore. (where did Veasna buy a book?)

Kaka was swimming in the pool yesterday. (Where was Jill swimming?)

He was driving very fast.  (How was he driving?)

We ate dinner at seven o’clock. (When did we eat dinner?)

Note: The modifier normally follows the compliments, but not always. However, the modifier, especially when it’s a prepositional phrase, usually cannot separate the verb and the compliments.

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