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comment Too big a step?
There are certain combinations of adverb + adjective that are placed before the indefinite article. Any grammar will inform you about such things or google it.
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comment Why do they say “love fifteen,” in tennis?
German Loch rl English hole (rl means right left connection,) - G Topf rl G Pot, E pot - G läut-en rl E to toll (a bell) and about 200 others, pairs between various languages.
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comment Why do they say “love fifteen,” in tennis?
It is my idea. Love for cero points makes no sense at all. One explanation is French l'oeuf, because the form reminds of cero/naught, one explanation is to play for love. One explanation as queer as the other. And I see that love can be a right-left variant with the sense of fault/no point. I know my explanation seems curious as right-left etymology is no known thing, but it is no more curious than the other explanations.
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revised Central Pennsylvanian English speakers: what are the limitations on the “needs washed” construction?
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answered Central Pennsylvanian English speakers: what are the limitations on the “needs washed” construction?
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answered Why do they say “love fifteen,” in tennis?
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revised Is vine-covered an adjective?
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answered Is vine-covered an adjective?
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revised Origin of the phrase “it’s been years if it’s been a day”?
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answered Origin of the phrase “it’s been years if it’s been a day”?
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comment What is origin of the word “fluent”?
Why don't you have a look at etymonline? etymonline.com/…
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answered Why are there two pronunciations for “either”?
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comment Learning to write with my other hand to improve my handwriting? Formerly dyslexic
I don't think that a language forum is the right forum for your question. You should try to find forums that focus around health, body, writing problems. Actually only someone with a lot of experience in matters of dyslexia and writing problems can give you advice. I can't judge your problem, but it may be that you put yourself under stress by placing your target too high.
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revised What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"
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revised What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"
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answered What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"
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comment What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"
The idea of fist seems really to have changed to mean reprimand or scolding.
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comment What does “what for” mean and where did it come from?"
You should give more information about the region where this expression is /was used. It seems to be an idiom of a special variant of American English. I don't know if there is something like a language atlas for AmE, where one sees what expression is used in what region.