To modify something is to change it, improve it, describe it, or make it new.
- Our neighbors are modifying their house with a large addition to the kitchen.
- Mechanics modified the engine of the car in order to make it go faster.
- The entrance of the building is being modified in order to accommodate people in wheelchairs.
- Tom modified his lawnmower so that it could cut the grass by remote control.
- Any attempt to modify a product you purchase will probably invalidate the warranty. (If you try to change the thing you purchased, you won’t be able to return it to the store.)
- An adjective modifies a noun.
- An adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb.
The word "modified" is an adjective:
- He’s riding a modified skateboard that has a small gas-powered engine in the back.
- A modified Toyota Supra won the automobile race.
- A modified version of the candidates’s speech had a softer, less aggressive tone than the original version.
- The company took a modified approach to marketing its products by including more people of color in its TV commercials.
Modifications to this van make it more fun to drive.
The word "modification" is a noun:
- We made a few modifications to our kitchen to admit more sunlight.
- Modifications made to the robot improved its performance.
- Modifications to the operating system of the computer will bring it up to date.
- Roger installed some mods to the game so that it was more interesting to play. (The word "mod" is a shortened form of "modification.")
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February 21, 2020