Other common structural signals of adjectives include -ous and -al added to nouns (marvelous, institutional) and -able added to verbs (practicable). Less common signals include -y (healthy), -ful (hopeful), -en (wooden), -ary (legendary), -ish (childish), and quite a few others.
at, by, for, from, in, into, of, on, over, to, with
again, always, even, maybe, only,
ever, moreover, perhaps, ahead, anyway, furthermore, never,
rather, almost, anywhere, hardly, nevertheless, quite,
already, away, here, not, seldom, also, awhile,
indeed, now, sometimes, altogether, else, just, nowadays, too.
Bound modifiers tend to go into slots: adjectives go before nouns, prepositional phrases tend to follow nouns or verbs, adverbs can move around in sentences, and one-word bound modifiers often begin or end sentences. Here are a couple examples of the sentences you are asked to compose in lesson four. The abbreviations in the parenthesis indicate what bound modifier has preceded the parenthesis. Imitate these two sentences in your E-mail message, but use your own words.
sample one: People seem apt at learning to use computers.
Nowadays (obm) young (adj) people seem unusually (adv) apt at learning to use these new-fangled (adj) computers quickly (adv) without much help (pp) from their computer-phobic (adj) elders (pp).
sample two: Constance smiled.
Moreover (obm) the always (adv) agreeable (adj) Constance smiled modestly (adv) at her best (adj) friend (pp) with silver (adj) braces and curly (adj) hair (pp).
A main clause is any basic sentence pattern (BSP) or any BSP plus its bound modifiers.
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