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Mike prepare to take on Mt.Everest equipped with the best gear possible .

asked Jun 06 '13 at 17:03 Kimberly Kinard New member

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Here's an option:  "Equipped with the best gear available, Mike prepared to take on Mt. Everest." That way, the mountain isn't better outfitted than Mike!

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 17:29 Naomi New member
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what is a moderifer?

link answered Jun 06 '13 at 17:33 wendy New member

A modifier is an optional element in phrase structure or clause structure. A modifier is so called because it is said to modify (change the meaning of) another element in the structure, on which it is dependent.

Tony ProanoJun 07 '13 at 04:21

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Modifiers should be placed as close to the noun it modifies as possible, either side is fine. In the above example, Mike, equipped with the best gear possible, prepared to take on Mt. Everest. vs Mike prepared to take on Mt. Everest, equipped with the best gear possible. In the first example, it is Mike who is equipped. In the second it's Mt. Everest.

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 18:33 Sarah Burdge New member
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It's modifiers. Place the modifier possibly near the word it modifies. Option 1: Equipped with the best gear possible, Mike prepares to take on Mt. Everest. ( by the way, it's also prepares because Mike which is the subject is third person singular).Option 2: Mike, equipped with the best gear possible, prepares to take on Mt. Everest.

link comment answered Jun 06 '13 at 21:14 Luningning New member

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