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I teach English for Academic Purposes at Humber College.


Jan
22
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
16
comment What is the difference between a part of speech and a function?
Agreed: adjectives are typically gradable, but not always. You have to consider a constellation of characteristics. The point is somewhat simplified in my answer.
Jan
13
reviewed Approve Predicate or noun after “nationality”
Jan
11
reviewed Reject formal way of saying “I want to”
Jan
11
comment Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”
I see. I misunderstood @JanusBahsJacquet. Yes, it's a higher-level function name: dependent > adjunct > etc. You could get more specific, but I think this level of generality is appropriate to the question.
Jan
11
reviewed Approve What is the meaning of this sentence? help!
Jan
11
comment What is the difference between a part of speech and a function?
Yes, that's what I meant.
Jan
11
comment Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”
Yes, I think it's an 'adjunct of' the verb. Adjunct is the relationship it has with the verb. You can't look at a word or phrase standing on its own and say, "that's an adjunct". And yes, there's a good argument to say it's an adjunct of the clause.
Jan
11
comment Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”
It's not really a definition, just some typical characteristics, but yes, adverb is messy.
Jan
11
answered Parts of speech and functions: “Bob made a book collector happy the other day”
Jan
11
answered What is the difference between a part of speech and a function?
Dec
24
revised Difference between “measurement” and “measuring”
changed the article and tense in first example for consistency with second and third.
Dec
4
awarded  Yearling
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Sep
12
awarded  Necromancer
Sep
3
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
2
reviewed Approve What do we call questions which have a definite, known answer?
Sep
1
comment 'The X-ing of Y' vs just 'X-ing Y' : why are both 'the' and 'of' necessary together?
The difference between a lexical constituent and a phrasal one? Lexical constituents are almost always words. When they are more than words, they are insuperable. These are things link verb, nouns, prepositions, etc. Phrases are a head (lexical) and any associated dependents and adjuncts.