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Adding the word "personally" communicates that the speaker recognizes the subjective nature of their preference. It also precludes interpretation of the statement as an effort to persuade the listener. I personally try to avoid using it.


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The phrase "Believe you me" copies the archaic word order one finds in Early Modern English for a marked imperative. Typical examples are from King James version of the Bible (both testaments). See e.g. Book of Matthew 14:16 They need not depart; give ye them to eat. and in a few common phrases such as "mind you" (but with a slight nuance) for ...


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You could say these were antithetical to or the antithesis of the correct thing, meaning that whatever the right thing is, what you see is diametrically opposed to that: antithesis n 2. the direct opposite (usually followed by of or to): Her behavior was the very antithesis of cowardly. Source: dictionary.reference.com In your case, you might say ...


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It's technically redundant, since all opinions are personal, however it can modify the tone of the statement to some degree. It effectively takes emphasis away from the opinion itself by placing the emphasis on the holder of the opinion. For example, suppose I'm in a group of people, and we're trying to decide whether to go to Madame Tussauds or to see a ...


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Here is a hypothetical conversation where emphasis on did might make sense: Speaker A: "You look sweaty. Were you working out at the gym?" Speaker B: "No, I didn't come from the gym." Speaker A: "Well, where did you come from?" Speaker A wants to elicit an affirmative statement by that emphasis. The emphasis also expresses annoyance at ...


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You could say "That answer is the "polar opposite" of what I'm looking for!"


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Wiktionary has references from the 1840s and 1870s so this is old enough to register as a well-established idiom. I had some trouble finding other uses of "[verb] you me" until a blog pointed out the King James Bible: For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live Using Verb-Subject-Object order is "an archaic form used ...


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The addition of the "or not" is neither logically nor grammatically required. I think it's often used conversationally for emphasis. I definitely wouldn't use it in writing myself.


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It's real English. It's based on archaic English grammar, e.g., phrases like "Hear ye me" in the King James Bible.


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It's worth pointing out that, etymologically speaking, the roots of whether are which/either of two. It's inherently a "binary choice" word, so whereas "I don't know whether it be fish or fowl" is fine, "I don't know whether it be fish or fowl or good red herring" isn't really grammatical. Which is not to say people never use that extended form - but it does ...


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@Jasper suggests that the emphasis indicates surprise at your sudden appearance; but in my experience that would be indicated by stressing the you ("Where did you come from?"). When the did is stressed, especially if said in an arch voice (or textually in a sarcastic context), it would imply that your behavior is weird, incomprehensible, or just odd. In ...


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backwards '3. in the reverse of usual order or direction1 '2. Done or arranged in a manner or order that is opposite to previous occurrence or normal use.2 The styles used for the Removed and Added permission labels are backwards. 1 Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003 ...


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Which word you emphasize depends on what you are trying to say. "So what can you do?" puts the emphasis on the other person's ability or lack of ability. Like if you got a new assistant, and you assigned him some task and he did it very badly, and so you assigned him another task and he did that very badly also, you might plaintively ask, "So what can you ...


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In this case, it is not the location he came from that is important. It is the very act of appearing from somewhere, and that act is represented by the verb did.


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Genesis is the term generally used: the coming into being of something; the origin. a beginning or origin of anything This chapter will trace the genesis and development of the oldest human civilisation. also dawn: A first appearance; a beginning: the dawn of history.


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I know that. I do know that. Both versions of this sentence are correct. The second is an emphatic version of the sentence. When we want to give a sentence positive emphasis, when we want to emphasise that it's true, we usually stress the auxiliary verb: I can speak French. I will do my homework. I have been to France. In present simple and past ...


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It is done to make a clear distinction between the two 'their's in the sentence. The sentence can easily be split into two halves: Some elections are held in friendly client states to legitimize their rulers and regimes and ... others are held in disfavored or enemy countries to legitimize their political systems. In the first half, 'their' ...


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From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stress_(linguistics)#Prosodic_stress I didn't take the test yesterday. (Somebody else did.) I didn't take the test yesterday. (I did not take it.) I didn't take the test yesterday. (I did something else with it.) I didn't take the test yesterday. (I took a different one.) I didn't take the test ...


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If the question is "does stress crucially affect meaning in English?" then the answer is yes. In a sentence, putting stress on various words affects the meaning: I don't love YOU. (rather, I love someone else) I don't LOVE you. (rather, I simply like you) In each English word, the stress is lexicalized. Some words have syllable-final stress: ...


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If the emphasis seems like it's on the wrong word, there's a good chance that's why the italics were used in the first place. In the sentence So what can you do? the emphasis can be put in a number of places (I can think of four, although there may be five). That said, the objective is not to put the emphasis where the sentence packs the most punch, ...


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The rule of Do-Support applies to every main verb in English, except auxiliary verbs. Do-Support is the process that provides the dummy auxiliary do to carry the tense and swap with the subject in Yes/No- and Wh-Questions Do you still love her? What do you love about her? tag questions You still love her, don't you? and negations You don't love ...


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I think that, although the term is overused, it definitely serves a very specific purpose. Your example is: I personally don't like wax museums and I don't like wax museums In this particular situation, by using the word "personally", the individual emphasizes that others might be of another belief. If I ask someone, "Do you like my drawing?", ...


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Eighteenth-century attempts to clarify the source of italics in quotations Google Books searches for various phrases containing italics or emphasis uncover two attempts from the late 1700s to distinguish between italics or other special typographic treatments that appeared in the original version of a quotation and emphatic typography that the quoting ...


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Myself is a reflexive pronoun. It’s called that because one of its uses is to reflect the action of a verb back onto the subject, as in ‘I’ve hurt myself’. Yourselves is used in the same way in the sentence you quote from ‘Harry Potter’. Reflexive pronouns are also used for emphasis, and that is how myself is being used in ‘I myself don't like this idea’ (...


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"Dead wrong" seems like an appropriate modifier to "wrong" to emphasize your point.


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It depends on the context and relationship of the subject and audience. If the person typically or frequently wears the hat or shirt of some organization, and the audience recognizes that association, including the adverb 'personally' helps distinguish the speaker's opinion from the opinion of the organization.


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Diametrically opposed, where diametric in particular, as per dictionary.com: adjective: of, relating to, or along a diameter. . in direct opposition; being at opposite extremes; complete: diametrical opposites; a diametrical difference.


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You could add some additional words to convey the emphasis, or rephrase slightly: Number 1: He certainly can run fast. He can definitely run fast. Number 2: Please do come in Come in, please (more of a command, to provide the additional emphasis). You may come in now (the emphasis on "may" in the example suggests that the listener ...


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I do this. It is called palatalization and is caused by the "tr" combo more than anything. The same process also occurs without "s", and with "dr". I often say, for example, "tree" as [tʃri] ("chree") and "drier" as [dʒrajɚ] ("jrier"). These variants don't come from Yiddish, German, or any other language. It is simply a natural phonological process that ...


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Such words are called heteronyms. The famous Venn diagram from Wikipedia:



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