What are Modifiers? How to use Modifiers in a Sentence

Modifiers are the words or phrases and these elements add the additional information about the subject. However, clauses are also modifiers and this group of words imparts detailed information and hence, these elements are mostly describing words- adverbs and adjectives. Keep in mind that a modifier can play the role of an adjective or adverb.

Modifier Examples:

When modifiers are used as adjectives:

I have a small balcony.
Here, small is an adjective and it modifies the noun balcony. Additionally, ‘a’ is an article and it acts as a modifier.

When modifiers are used as adverbs:

Rana accidently met with his step mom.
She looked incredibly beautiful on her wedding.
Here, ‘accidently’ is an adverb and it modifies the verb ‘met’.
In the second sentence, ‘incredibly’ modifies the adjective ‘beautiful’.

Some More Examples:

I have a bag smaller than a mobile.
It is an adjective phrase and it modifies the noun, ‘bag’.
I have a bag which is smaller than my mobile.
Here, the adjective clause modifies the noun, ‘bag’.

When alone, I usually read books.
Here, ‘when alone’ is an adverbial phrase and it modifies the verb, ‘read’.
When we left her alone, she was cooking foods to pass the time.
Here, ‘When we left her alone’ is an adverbial clause and it acts as a modifier.
However, misplaced modifiers misguide the readers. A misplaced modifier is a phrase, word, or clause, which is separated from the word, delineated in the sentence.  Sentences with misplaced modifiers sound confusing as well as awkward.

Misplaced single words:  almost, exactly, even, just, hardly, nearly .

Examples:

The toy maker almost sold his all toys in the fair. (Incorrect)
The toy maker sold almost all of his toys in the fair. (Correct.)
She served burgers to the kids on paper plates. (Incorrect)
She served burgers on paper plates to the kids. (Correct)
The man walked towards the bus carrying a black bag. (Incorrect)
The man carrying a black bag walked toward the bus. (Correct)

English Phrases for Daily Use

A phrase is just a group of words that includes a meaning to the sentences, but it is not at all a sentence as it does not have either a subject, verb or a complete idea. In English grammar, five different types of phrases are available. These phrases are Noun, Prepositional, Adjective, Adverb, Verb and others.

Examples:

Noun Phrase – all my dear friends.
Prepositional Phrase – after a long walk.
Adjective Phrase – happy with the work.
Adverb Phrase – time goes very quickly.
Verb Phrase – He should wait before going to watch movie.

Some Common Phrases:

I have heard so much about you – It is generally used during the introduction if you have much information about the person, whom you are introduced.
It’s good to have you here – To feel someone comfortable as well as welcomed in an event or a party. It is the right phrase.
I would like to meet someone – To introduce a new person to more people.
I almost didn’t recognize you- After a long time, if you see someone, then this small talk phrase is the right to use.
It is good to see you again- After a long time, if you see a friend or an acquaintance, then it is the right phrase to show your happiness.

Additionally, we use many phrases while talking to another person.

Examples:

  • It’s a fact that…
  • Everybody knows that..
  • It’s no secret that..
  • It has been proven that…
  • Keep track of…
  • Fit in with
  • Grab a bite
  • A tight schedule
  • I’ll see to it
  • Keep you updated
  • Work wonders
  • Give me a hand
  • Thanks for the honor
  • Yes, by all means
  • Nothing special

Some Useful English Phrases, along with meanings:

As easy as pie (quite easy)
Bend over backward (try very hard)
Bite off more than one can chew (taking much responsibility)
Change one’s mind (decide to do something different)
Figure something out (to understand a problem)
Give someone a hand (to help)
Keep one’s chin up (keep on trying)
In the black (it is profitable)
In the red (it is unprofitable)

What is an Allegory in Literature? Give Examples

An allegory (AL-eh-goh-ree) is referred as a symbolism device and here, the concept or the abstract is conveyed with the help of corporeal idea or objects being taken as an example. In short, an allegory refers to a story where an underlying story is also available. Actually, it signifies something as a surface story, along with a hidden matter or story. However, allegory is fun to read and many authors prefer to use this literary device while communicating something deeper or complex.
Writers apply allegory to incorporate several layers of meanings to their writing. Allegory makes each story as well as character multidimensional and hence, each of them stands for something larger or more significant in meaning than before. Allegory gives the writers scopes to put their moral as well as political views forward. A close study of an allegorical writing makes us familiar with the thoughts of a writer. In brief, through allegory, a writer represents his wishes as well as views about the world that he has always dreamt about.

Examples of Allegory

Animal Farm’ written by George Orwell is a remarkable example of allegory. The story which is stated about the group of a farm animals, but the hidden story is totally different as it is all about the Russian Revolution.

“All animals are equal but a few are more equal than others.”

•    Aesop’s Fables – The Tortoise and the Hare, The Ant and the Grasshopper are allegories.
•    ‘Yertle the Turtle’ written by the American author Dr. Seuss, the expert allegorist. His another praiseworthy piece of writing is ‘The Sneetches and Other Stories’.
•    ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ written by C. S. Lewis is another prominent example of allegory.
•    ‘Faerie Queen’, an incomplete epic poem is a masterpiece of Edmund Spenser. However, it is a religious allegory.
•    Another spiritual allegory is “Pilgrim’s Progress” written by John Bunyan.

•    The Hunger Games is an allegory.

•    ‘The Masque of the Red Death’ written by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story and it is an allegory.

•    Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a short story and it is an allegory.