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In this case, woman stands in for womankind Women considered collectively: a giant step forward for womankind Oxford Dictionaries Online While not the most common construction, it connotes belief in the essence of the gender rather than any one representative or group of individuals. Supplement Use of woman (singular) can mean [IN SINGULAR] ...


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Woman is the abstract representation of a phenomenon, not a reference to any specific individual female of the human species. Ok, that sentence isn't going to enlighten anyone much, is it? If one claims they believe in fairies, or unicorns, it means that they believe these creatures exist. In the case of unicorns or fairies, this is indeed something that ...


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In Old English, /ɣ/ is a phoneme, but the [ɣ] allophone occurred only in a rather specific condition: when word-medially, though not when in gemination, directly after nasals, or directly before a front unrounded vowel or palatal glide. The word dagas ‘days’ (nom./acc. plural), for example, would have been pronounced something like [dɑɣɑs]. fugol ‘bird’ ...



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