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I did my degree in English/French Language/Linguistics back in the '70s, but I only got a middling grade, and I've worked in software development ever since, so I'm really only an expert on English language in the same way any articulate native speaker is.

To save the trouble of repeatedly doing it on individual posts, I'll just say here that I don't come to EL&U looking for arguments. If I come across as contentious that will nearly always be inadvertent carelessness on my part.

Anyway - if you have been, thanks for reading.


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reviewed Close What is a “copular” verb?
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reviewed Close Is it correct to say 'Once we are done with work we will update you.'?
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reviewed Close What is the origin of the phrase 'Variety is the spice of life'?
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reviewed Close What is second person?
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reviewed Leave Open Word for region between waist and hips
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reviewed Close Correct Use of “A” or “Any”
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reviewed Close Difference between distinctness and distinction
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reviewed Leave Open What are Java Programmers called?
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reviewed Leave Open Why do they say “may not” for things which people shouldn't do
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reviewed Close Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”?
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reviewed Leave Open such as something vs such something as
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reviewed Leave Open Would using moot and oxymoron in a sentence as this one be correct? “Nothing is more oxymoronic than stating a 'moot point' in a discussion forum”
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reviewed Close date has already passed OR date has already past?
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reviewed Leave Open what is the meaning of about time?
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reviewed No Action Needed -phobia word for fear of hearing speeches
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reviewed No Action Needed Differences between begin and start? How to use them?
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reviewed Leave Closed Could someone tell me the meaning of this short phrase?
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comment On the part of speech of “now”
It's a bit like if the folk over at Seasoned Advice had decided that every foodstuff must be categorised as starter, main course, dessert. You get problems because some components can perform multiple roles, and even more problems because no-one could ever come up with a definitive list of unambiguously distinguishable roles in the first place.
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comment word describing the demographic make up of those members attending the church worship majority of the time
If there are several different "categorisations" by which you can identify elements of the congregation, the best noun to describe the makeup of the congregation is probably your own demographic. If you're particularly focussed on one (dominant) category, you might refer to it as the congregation profile. But we really need more clarification - for example, a sentence in which you might actually use the target word.
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comment On the part of speech of “now”
As you say, now is the same as tomorrow - or weekdays in my "adverb" question. Looking at your answers on both these questions I'm getting a certain sense of "Tweedledee/Tweedledum". In both cases the bottom line is POS depends on "function within context", and dictionaries often only cover the simplest/most common usages. So arguably this question is really a duplicate, rather than just related to that earlier one.