LoM Dec Writings: no plural “s” in hyphened noun mods.! (Modifiers)

The most common mistake in Y5 on this topic is that people add a plural -s to noun modifiers such as: a six-yearS-old child. Please, don’t. Let’s review some other modifiers, too:


Something that makes your language range richer is the use of modifiers. Here are some in case you want to practice Brainstorming for Language before a speaking or a writing activity!

  • noun modifiers: a six-year-old child, a two-month-old baby, a middle-aged man, a three-hour biology lab, a ten-kilometre walk, a blue-eyed Spanish person, a narrow-minded speaker, a wide-shouldered TV presenter, a blue-and-white leather jacket, the corner store
  • adjectives: A very intense life experience; a tiring flight, an interested reader; an environmentally-friendly policy
  • relative clauses: sentences that operate just as an adjective!: the book you gave me (that book), the girl who was talking to you
  • superlatives + relative clauses: the best movie I’ve ever seen, the most boring book I’ve ever read, the most terrifying experience I’ve ever had, the least interesting task I’ve ever done
  • adverbial relative clauses: the house where I used to live / the house I used to live in, the summer when I met her / the summer I met her
  • a prepositional phrase: the student with glasses, the girl under the tree, the man by the beach bar…
  • present participle clauses: the man wearing glasses, the woman carrying a trolley (short version of relative clauses: the man who is wearing glasses, the woman who was carrying a trolley)

More? A little cribe note here: http://www.talkingpeople.net/tp/func_gram/gramwebs/waystodescribe.htm

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1 Response to LoM Dec Writings: no plural “s” in hyphened noun mods.! (Modifiers)

  1. Pingback: LoM: Past simple or present perfect? (hear) | Plans & What We Did In Class

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