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comment Ambiguous meaning - two nouns in a row
@Andy Because it isn't. That's a difference in stress, not tone. There are many minimal pairs in English distinguished only by stress, such as insight and incite.
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comment “kinda”, “sorta”, “coulda”, “shoulda”, “lotta”, “oughta”, “betcha”, “tseasy” etc. What are these?
Sometimes contractions/weak forms can become slightly divorced from the original form and appear in contexts where it doesn't seem likely that they are a phonological reduction of some underlying string. For example, "you betcha" is a common phrase but "you bet you" sounds nonsensical. Similarly, "Don't you like it?" sounds natural but "Do not you like it?" sounds ungrammatical or perhaps archaic.
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answered Dangling or Misplaced Modifiers: the use of adverbs
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comment Why is “them” and not “those” correct?
I don't see any reason why them would resolve the syntactic ambiguity here. As far as I can tell, the ambiguity is resolved purely through pragmatics, since it's easy to construct a sentence with the same structure that would be parsed differently than how this answer indicates it would: "Some people claim that they've never done anything wrong, but I suspect almost all of them are liars."
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comment Why do we hyphenate between numbers? Example: twenty-six
I've heard a joke along these lines before. Q: What's the best thing about dating twenty-two year olds? A: That there's twenty of them!
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comment Is there such a thing as a sentence sign?
Do the period (.) question mark (?) and exclamation point (!) not count? There's also some more obscure ones like the interrobang (‽) and irony mark (⸮).
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comment What is “a room a company provides for eating food” called?
I grew up in the southern U.S. and I was confused the first time I heard "canteen" in this context, because I had only heard that word used for a water container that you use when you go camping.
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comment Negative-connotation word for someone who is straight-edge?
I've also heard goody-goody as a variant of goody two-shoes.
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