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# SC : Modifiers

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21 Mar 2018, 04:17
"The engineer employed the new lab equipment, identifying the problem within minutes."
In the above statement, how do we know that identifying the problem is NOT modifying the lab equipment. I'm really confused between noun and adverbial modifier. Any help would be appreciated.
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25 Mar 2018, 15:57
Shubhanshu96 wrote:
"The engineer employed the new lab equipment, identifying the problem within minutes."
In the above statement, how do we know that identifying the problem is NOT modifying the lab equipment. I'm really confused between noun and adverbial modifier. Any help would be appreciated.

Hi Shubhanshu96!

Happy to help

It's really easy to overthink things like this. With this sentence, there's simply no ambiguity -- it's clear from the sentence structure (as well as the context) that the engineer identified the problem. Basically, context is always key. In a grammatically correct sentence, it should be clear from the context what each modifier is referring to, whether it is an adverbial or a noun modifier. If it's not clear, then it is likely not correct

Here are some articles about modifiers that might help:

I hope that helps a bit!
-Carolyn
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