Further elaborations are given in the subsections to this lesson:
A modifier is a single word or a group of words which can be a phrase or clause. It describes or provides more information about another word which is a subject, verb, adjective, adverb, object, complement or another modifier. Modifying words are mostly adjectives and adverbs. As adjectives, they modify nouns and pronouns, and as adverbs, they modify adjectives, verbs and other adverbs. A noun too can be used as a modifier of another noun.
A modifier is an optional element in a clause or sentence. Its removal will not affect the clause or sentence grammatically. A modifier can be easily misused by misplacing it in a sentence so that it wrongly modifies another word or noun. To avoid such an eventuality, a modifier must be placed as close as possible to the word that it modifies.