Linguistic categories explaining how words are used. Examples are the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection.

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Is the “of” in “a lot of” a preposition?

Is "of" in "a lot of time" a preposition? I am working on a task about the identification of prepositions and their objects. I am not sure about "a lot of", and for some reason it seems unbreakable.
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How to distinguish this word as a noun or verb? [on hold]

Here's a sentence that was in my notes at church today: His plan is to use you to be a warrior and champion for your family's destiny. I'm sure the word champion was intended to be used as a ...
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Part of speech in a sentence

In the sentence: " I let him take the pen ... are the mentioned functions correct? I = subject let = main verb him = indirect Object take = the second verb (bare infinitive) the pen = Direct ...
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“Triumphant” as an adverb

I know that by definition, 'triumphant' is an adjective and 'triumphantly' is the adverb form, but I've seen usages like the following sentence: Napoleon returned triumphant to France after the war ...
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Is “now” a “preposition”?

My question starts from this question which asks about difference between currently and right now, which is not that complicated. However, in the middle of exchanging comments, I found a few points ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'Celsius' in “ten degrees Celsius”?

In this sentence: Iron melts at around 770 degrees Celsius, 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit. What is the grammatical function of the words 'Celsius' and 'Fahrenheit' ?
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Pronunciation of “Attribute”

My question: Is it common to use the same pronunciation of the word "attribute" for both the verb and noun? If so, how does this vary geographically? Explanation: I'm from Michigan and have always ...
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Resolution for the double “the” problem

Consider the following sentence: "With the Nike shirt, your workout will be complete". How will I say the same thing about a shirt of the brand "The North Face"? The least awkward option will ...
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What’s Up: Adverb vs Preposition

I start with a simple sentence: “I climb the ladder.” This contains a nice transitive verb with a clear direct object. If I slightly modify the sentence: “I climb up the ladder.” I believe that I ...
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Can an adverb be a noun?

I have seen this post for the answer to my question, but this is not much help in case of the question I am going to ask. Here is an example sentence - The new design of Twitter profile is more ...
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What part of speech is “et cetera”? [closed]

What part of speech is &c./ et al/ etca/ [&/c.]/ &e./ &ct./ &cm/ etcm/ &cs, etc ? I know it translates as "and the rest," so does that mean it doesn't have one part of speech?
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…the drawers roll open midair [migrated]

We just totally forget about Tyler's whole murder-suicide thing while we watch another file cabinet slip out the side of the building and the drawers roll open midair, reams of white paper caught in ...
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Can colours be used as an adverb?

I am trying to understand which syntactic role the word red has in this sentence: We could colour the walls red. My first thought was it being an adverb, but I have never heard someone saying ...
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What part of speech are “plus”, “times”, and “minus”

In mathematics one will often say "This plus that" or "This times that". This means "This added too that" and "This multiplied by that". Multiply, Add, Subtract, Divide - All are verbs. But what part ...
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Infinitive's Part of Speech in “Scientists have struggled for so many years to find them.”

Is "to find them" an adverbial of purpose or an adverbial of result? In other words, which of the following two sentences is closer to the sentence in the subject line: Scientists have ...
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Best usage of 'of' and apostrophe 's' [duplicate]

What is the correct usage of the sentence"the pen of Raman or Raman's pen"? which one is the correct. i do remember reading somewhere that "of" will not be used prior to proper noun.Is it right?
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Part of speech for “please” followed by a verb

I know that "please" can be many different parts of speech; interjection, an adverb, or a verb, depending on how it's used. I'm looking specifically to find out what part of speech "please" is when ...
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Is “architect” a verb and a noun?

I hear the word architect used as a verb in the technical field and now more often in other industries and groups, for example: We need to architect a better solution to the problem. I am ...
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Is this a prepositional phrase?

I'm trying to remember the grammatical term used to describe this part of speech. The term "prepositional phrase" comes to mind, but I think it might be something different. It's the part of a ...
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Is “yesterday” a noun?

Are words like "yesterday" and "tomorrow" considered nouns, adjectives, or even adverbs? I'm getting mixed signals from several references. In a case like "I have an important meeting tomorrow," it ...
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“There is to be no drinking beer today” What is the status of “no” and “beer” here?

There's no doubting her sincerity. There's no telling what she's done. There's no guessing which way they'll bolt. There's to be no drinking beer today. There's no telling her. The word no is ...
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What is a difference between “what if” and “if”

My English teacher asked me what's the difference between what if and if last week. I can't search anything about that. What only I know is what if is a question sentence. And if is a general(?) ...
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Is 'I don't know' an adjective? [closed]

Other than being an interjection, does 'I don't know' serve as an adjective?
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Am I right in thinking that I'm using “opposite” as both a noun and an adjective?

I am using the word opposite in two ways: 1) To refer to something that has an opposite; 'heat' is an opposite because it has an opposite, 'cold', whereas 'three' is not an opposite because there is ...
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If “nice” is an adjective, what kind of word is “niceness”?

Say you have the adjective "nice". If something is nice, then it has the quality of niceness. What type of word is "niceness"? Is it still an adjective?
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What is the sentence starter, “as a result”? Is it a transitional word?

What part of speech is "as a result"? Is it transitional or a conjunction or neither.
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Collocation 'bolt upright'

What part of speech is the word 'bolt' in the adverb 'bolt upright'?
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Proper punctuation when using “as is” to make a comparison

I'm wondering what the proper punctuation is when using "as is" to make a comparison. Example: "Venus and Mars are planets, as is Earth when referring to the whole world." I've noticed in this ...
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What part of speech would these words be considered as?

I am trying to figure out what part of speech the bolded words are: Spanish is spoken in parts of South America and, Football is played in America.
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compound words and their uses [duplicate]

When using compound words, their mean can still be retained when "de-compounding" them in one of two ways. The first way: bookstore = store of books For this compound word, one just adds an "of"...
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Are pronouns nouns?

In the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Huddleston & Pullum 2002) and many other grammars, the English pronouns are viewed as a subcategory of the English nouns. In other grammars, such ...
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Proper nouns : Which parts of speech commonly surround proper nouns

I am building an automated system to seek out the proper nouns from a piece of text. I have some algorithms available to me that can correctly determine the POS tag of a word in some text. The problem ...
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“Bright” Part of speech

"Bright" is listed in the OED as an adjective. However, in front of a color being used as an adjective, it performs as an adverb since adverbs(not adjectives) modify adjectives. Ex. "The bright ...
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What is “that” in “The Mouse that Roared”? e.g [closed]

I can't figure out if "that" in this construction is a conjunction, a preposition, or what, and therefore whether it should have an intial cap in headline style.
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Why do nouns and verbs which are stressed differently all exhibit the same variation?

I recently stumbled upon an interesting quirk regarding words that are both nouns and verbs. They seem to all follow the same stress pattern. Here are a few examples: NOUNS I have a really long ...
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What part of speech is 'as' in this sentence?

Science doesn't fare as well for pessimists. They not only have lower levels of happiness compared to optimists, but research shows that people with negative thoughts are 3 times as likely to develop ...
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Postpositions in English and “ago”

I was informed earlier today that the word ago is actually a postposition and the only one of its kind in English. Is this correct? If so, why do dictionaries not use this classification and prefer ...
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“Where is the cat?” - What part of speech is the word “where”?

In the sentence, "Where is the cat?", what part of speech is the word "where"?
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No one made above a B today — adverbial or ellipsis

So as I was watching a movie, there was this sentence: No one made above a B today. It stimulated my curiosity greatly. "Make" is supposed to be a transitive verb in this sentence, and therefore ...
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Looking for a collection of alternate words - not a thesaurus

I'm looking for a database of alternate words, not like a thesarus, but as they're listed in a dictionary. E.G. not "terrible" => "bad, awful" etc but "terrible" => "terribly". Is there a specific ...
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parts of speech the word 'that' can belong to [closed]

Is the THAT in the following sentence a conjunction? There is strong evidence that Zika is spreading fast all over Brazil.
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Reflexive pronoun: direct object or predicate noun?

In the sentence: He considered himself wise. I would parse this as He - subject considered - transitive verb himself - direct object wise = object complement adjective My kids ask ...
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What is the grammatical function of “never”?

What is the grammatical function of "never" in the following sentence? You will have to do something you've never done. Is it an adverb? My father disagrees with this. In "I have studied" vs. "...
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What is the lexical class of the word 'worth' when used in a sentence like “Is this apple worth $3?”

The question "Not worth the paper it's printed on" - wrong meaning? got me thinking about what part of speech, or lexical class, the word 'worth' takes? A comment in "Is it worth ...
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Is “crazy” a noun?

The traditional grammar taught us that only noun, noun phrase or its equivalent, e.g., to infinitive or gerund (in traditional grammatical sense) could be a subject of a sentence. Now, I watched a ...
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What part of speech is “righteous” in this sentence?

I'm wondering about the word class. It does not mean to make righteous just, but to declare or pronounce righteous. As far as I know the word "righteous" or "just" is an adjective. But in the ...
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Word for a phrase that is very commonly used to describe something [closed]

What is a word to describe a phrase such as "Anything can happen", which is often made in reference to baseball. This is frequently said, but "platitude" and "cliche" aren't the right terms. What ...
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Is “on” part of a verb phrase in “Put Item on Hold?”

For an interface I'm working on, there's a command available to a user called "Put Item On Hold." Or possibly it should be "Put Item on Hold," since the style guide I'm using says that prepositions ...
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Is it possible for a sentence to have a direct object and predicate adjective?

In school, I was taught that action verbs have direct objects and linking verbs have predicate adjectives or nominatives; however, some verbs seem to use both simultaneously. For example, in "I made ...
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In this sentence, what parts of speech are the words 'next' and 'last'?

Could someone please tell me what the word 'next' and 'last' are? I mean the word class. 'it's your turn next ish' 'I read the letters last ish' Thank you!