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    Postmodifier or adverbial?

    Hi everyone. :D
    ''I have these in a size 11.''
    ''He is having a baby with his wife.''

    Are the phrases in bold a postmodifier or an adverbial?

    If they are a postmodifier, does it mean that they have the same meaning with ''I have these that are in a size 11.'' & ''He is having a baby that is with his wife.''

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    Last edited by jasonkhlim; 11-Feb-2016 at 11:46.

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    He is not having a bady with anyone. Please edit your post to correct the spelling.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    They are not adverbials because they modify a noun/pronoun. They are prepositional phrases which are acting as postmodifiers.

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They are not adverbials because they modify a noun/pronoun. They are prepositional phrases which are acting as postmodifiers.
    Hi MikeNewYork.
    How do i identify postmodifiers in a sentence?

    And from the sentences above, does it mean that they have the same meaning with ''I have these that are in a size 11.'' & ''He is having a baby that is with his wife.''?

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    "Having a baby that is with his wife" makes no sense. He and his wife are having a baby. He is having a baby with his wife.

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    Hi MikeNewYork.
    How do i identify postmodifiers in a sentence?

    Postmodifiers of nouns are adjectival in function and directly follow a noun.
    MNY

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    See the definition of 'postmodifier' at https://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/postmodifier.html

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Postmodifiers of nouns are adjectival in function and directly follow a noun.
    While I agree they are adjectival, the OP might want to know there are people who disagree, and one of them is the poster of https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...=1#post1216393

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonkhlim View Post
    ''I have these in a size 11.''
    I would omit the article.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    One person may disagree, but it is still what it is.

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    What about this sentence?
    ''I was eating chips in the kitchen.''

    ''in the kitchen'' modifies the verb(eating) or modifies the noun(chips) ?

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    Re: Postmodifier or adverbial?

    I think it modifies 'eating'.

    If the phrase was 'on a stick', it would modify 'chips'.
    I am not a teacher.

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