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comment What does “The man that once did sell the lion’s skin While the beast liv’d was killed with hunting him” mean?
"Why is there no period?": because it makes one whole sentence. "Why 'While' capitalized?": because it's poetry; the first word of every line is traditionally capitalized.
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comment Is there a kind of “official” dictionary for the English language?
@WS2 The OED may be the best but it is not perfect. It doesn't have absolutely everything in all varieties, and it does not cover all nuances or collocations of a word (but it is great).
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comment Is there a kind of “official” dictionary for the English language?
@JohnClifford I was saying that for the OP. Sarcasm is difficult in a foreign language.
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comment Is there a kind of “official” dictionary for the English language?
@JohnClifford UD is nice for very informal hints about words but is very non-authoritative (but it has no pretensions there).
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comment Is there a kind of “official” dictionary for the English language?
Official? No. Authoritative? OED. Good and online? No, but some suck less than others, M-W, TFD, dictionary.com. Wiktionary is not in the sucking less category.
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comment Is there a word for “a person from another race”?
To be clear, are you looking for a word or phrase that stands for any 'other' race generically? (for example, like 'foreign' works for any other country)
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comment How to Discern an Asyndetic Coordinate Subject Complement?
What exactly is your question? Is it 'is this asyndeton?'? Or is it 'how does one determine an instance of asyndeton?'? Or what?
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comment Can some refer pseudoscience by quasi-science?
Can you clarify in your post exactly what your question is?
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comment Why is this use of the word “meaning” not quite right?
I don't see any problem at all with 'meaning' or 'sense'. Was this a comment by the graders or just your fears?
Feb
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comment Is a dark polka dot necktie dark?
@ErikKowal Maybe it's a misspelling for 'petrel', a kind of bird, which are well known for being 'stormy', which may well be a kind of blue.
Feb
5
comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria As to the technical statement about color, I thought that there were syntactic instances where they don't act the same as canonical adjectives, but at the moment I can't think of any examples. Oops, maybe I was thinking of numbers.
Feb
5
comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria This is linguistics: a different name doesn't mean they are mutually exclusive, as well as using the same name should not imply they are identical.
Feb
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comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria It's more of a philosophical discussion, differences vs commonalities. It is incontestable that articles have adjective-like properties, you are emphasizing where they are different, me where they are the same (and we could also emphasize the importance of the differences). But I find it wrong that when the differences are pointed out, the name 'article' is used as a bludgeon to say that they are entirely different as much different as nouns and verbs, which is intellectually disingenuous.
Feb
5
comment Does this quote use proper grammar?
"you'd" is short for "you had"
Feb
5
comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria Modifiers of nouns. colors are also modifiers of nouns but can't be used in all the same places that canonical adjectives can. Does that mean colors should have their own POS label? Possibly, but that doesn't mean colors aren't kinds of adjectives.
Feb
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comment How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”?
Sounds very clear now. Voted to reopen.
Feb
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revised How to differentiate meanings of “awesome”?
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Feb
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comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria all I see from what you've said is that articles aren't canonical adjectives. They still act like adjectives in a number of features, none of which features are shared with nouns, verbs, or adverbs.
Feb
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comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria So you're saying that an article is not a special kind of adjective at all, that there is no affinity whatsoever with adjectives?
Feb
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comment Are “a” and “the” adjectives?
@Araucaria you metaphors are poetic but they escape me. Can you label what's what in yours and mine so I get the comparison? Articles aren't perfect adjectives, that's why they're a special subclass.