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Multiple Modifiers Adjectives Clean * Commas * Hyphens
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DIRECTIONS There is no worksheet for this exercise. Do the exercises mentally.
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Punctuation Note The main purpose of using punctuation is to help your reader understand the exact meaning of your sentence. If the lack of punctuation leads to confusion, then there is an error.
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Too Many Are Too Awkward. HINT: Too many adjectives before a noun are confusing and awkward. Try to use no more than two or three adjectives between the article and the noun modified.
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Multiple Modifiers There are three conditions to consider for punctuating multiple modifiers before a noun. 1. No punctuation for clean and orderly modifiers 2. Commas for “switcheroo” modifiers 3. Hyphens for “glued” modifiers
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Noun Phrase HINT:Use no comma between the last adjective and the noun modified if that last adjective belongs with the noun in a noun phrase. All the other modifiers modify the noun phrase. Ex. Please try my delicious, freeze-dried beef jerky .
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Caution The hints given in this lecture are common patterns that occur often in multiple adjectives. They are not solid rules. There are many exceptions to the hints.
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Multiple Modifiers There are three ways to handle multiple modifiers before a noun. 1. No punctuation for clean and orderly modifiers 2. Commas for “switcheroo” modifiers 3. Hyphens for “glued” modifiers
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CLEAN and ORDERLY Clean means the multiple modifiers do not require any punctuation between them. Ex. The herpetologist found his favorite venomous reptile .
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CLEAN and ORDERLY Orderly means the multiple modifiers can be arranged only in a specific order before the noun modified. Ex. Arsenic remains an effective chemotherapy agent for acute forms of leukemia.
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HINT: Usual Order of Adjectives HINT: Adjectives usually occur in the following order before the modified noun: The Noun Modified skin, kitchen, actor, library
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Usual Order 1. Noun/Adjective school (school bus) 2. Material - oak, plastic, glass, silver 3. Religion - Protestant, Baptist, Catholic
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Usual Order 4. Nationality - Hispanic, American, Japanese 5. Color - red, white, blue, silver 6. Age - old, new, young, modern
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Usual Order 7. Length or Shape - short, long, round, square 8. Evaluative word delighted, smart, brave 9. Article or other noun marker a, an, the, our, Tom’s, five
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Physical Description Determiner Observation Size Shape Age Color Origin Material Qualifier
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