What Are Noun Modifiers?
When Can We Use Noun Modifiers?
Noun modifiers are used to show things like the function, material, age, length, or part of something in a noun phrase. Check out a few examples:
We waited at the
They used a
Using Noun Modifiers to Show Function
We can use noun modifiers in noun phrases to show the function of the head noun. Here are some examples:
I wore my
We entered the
Using Noun Modifiers to Show Material
We can use noun modifiers in noun phrases to show what something is made of. For example:
I wore my
Using Noun Modifiers to Show Age and Length
We can use noun modifiers in noun phrases to talk about the age or length of the head noun.
In this usage, usually a hyphen is inserted between the parts of the noun modifier. Pay attention to the examples:
I couldn't take care of a
I went on a
Using Noun Modifiers to Show Belonging
We can use noun modifiers in noun phrases to show that something belongs to or is a part of something else. For example:
We slept on the
I put the watch in my
Noun modifiers are used to show the following features of a noun:
- age and length
- part of something
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