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Modifiers / Modify

Modifiers describe a word or make its meaning more specific. (They are said to modify the word.) 

In English, there are two parts of speech which are modifiers: adjectives and adverbs.  Adjectives modify nouns and pronouns; whereas, adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs.

Examples:

important letter  (adjective modifying a noun)
      
  adjective     noun 

Paint it correctly.  (adverb modifying a verb)
      
    verb         adverb 

extremely fast   (adverb modifying an adjective)
      
    adverb     adjective 

Interactive example:
 
Take my new Audi and fill the tank to the top.  Drive it carefully! [show me the modifiers]
 
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