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revised What is the origin and meaning of “coyote ugly”?
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comment Subjunctive that has no subject?
@tchrist - Well let us hear your view.
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revised Subjunctive that has no subject?
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revised Subjunctive that has no subject?
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answered Subjunctive that has no subject?
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answered What is the origin and meaning of “coyote ugly”?
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comment What the heck is “not”, anyway?
Latin grammar had a special term for such words: particle. A good modern term is function word. A useful label in dictionaries would be particle/function word of negation. But dictionaries are careless and without ideas when labels for word classes are concerned.
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revised The difference between an analogy and a metaphor?
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comment (go) off the boil
Thanks, Catija, your quote is almost the same. What I read was a thriller with the daughter of a senator as the central person of the novel, and the relation between daughter and father isn't very good. I must have the book around here, but there are too many books around.
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answered The difference between an analogy and a metaphor?
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answered (go) off the boil
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answered Difference between “Let us go” and “Let we go”?
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comment Why does “big cheese” mean someone important?
I think there is quite a difference between first-class and important person. A very doubtful etymology. It is more probable that "big cheeze" is just a variant with a new noun after "big".
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comment What the heck is “not”, anyway?
What information do you get when a dictionary says "not, adverb" ? Actually none and such a label is useless.
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comment What is the object of this sentence?
The proper argument would be "out (of) the door" can't be a direct object because before a direct object there can't be a preposition (out) or a preposition group ( out of).
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answered What's the origin of “rob someone blind”?
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answered “I saw him playing football”
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revised What is the object of this sentence?
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comment What is the object of this sentence?
Perhaps I misunderstand you, but in "The cat ran out the door" "cat" is the subject, the acting part.