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comment Can “Christmas” be used as an adjective?
To be fair, I think the use of "Christmas" in "Christmas colored stockings" is as an adverb, modifying the adjective "colored", not an adjective.
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comment a flap in “wedding” and “bidding”
@michael_timofeev en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_American#Phonology
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comment Why is 'Where's it' Grammatically incorrect?
@HotLicks I guess the restriction is mediated by the presence of "it", but I'll have to check my copy of CGEL when I get home.
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comment Pronunciation of anonymize
@JohnLawler M-W is the best-selling dictionary of English. amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Books-Dictionaries-Thesauruses/zgbs/… The average speaker of American English is more likely to have a copy of that dictionary than any other, so their system for pronunciations is probably the best-known in the United States. In any case, their very well-written explanation of their system includes IPA meanings for each symbol merriam-webster.com/help/MWOL%20Pronunciation%20Guide.pdf including all the variations used in common IPA systems for English (which are not standard).
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comment Why is 'Where's it' Grammatically incorrect?
It's because you can only contract is to 's if the is acts as a helping or modal verb. Here it's the main verb, and can't be contracted.
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answered Why is 'Where's it' Grammatically incorrect?
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