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Hi all!

This is my first post on GMATClub. Thanks in advance to everyone for viewing and, hopefully, replying to my post :)

I am currently practising breaking down a sentence into its constituent parts, to better equip myself for the more difficult SC questions. However, being a native speaker, I am used to "using my ear" and am finding myself rather lost regarding the various functions of the different parts of a sentence.

For example:
1. Many people, willing to believe that German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers might be fully domesticated, are unwilling to believe the same of pit bulls. (From Kaplan 800)
From what I understand, the structure is:
Subject (Adj + Noun), noun modifier, linking verb adjective ...
"to believe the same of pit bulls" --> is this a verb, verb modifier, a noun modifier or something else entirely??
How can we differentiate noun and verb modifiers? (To understand whether the modifier needs to touch the modified word or not)

Are all words/ phrases that are not nouns/verbs modifiers?

2. The colleges cannot provide their students with the same types of service.
Noun/ subject verb (helping + main) object...
"with the same types of service" --> is this a verb modifier? (Because it answers the question "What is being provided"?) Or a noun modifier? (Question: Who is providing these types of service?)

Thank you :)
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