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What topicalizing role does “do” play in “Only now do we have what we need to move forward”?

In the sentence "Only now do we have what we need to move forward", the word do clearly has some emphasizing meaning. But I would like a more precise understanding. Topicalization and fronting are ...
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This question is the BEST-uh!

Is there a name for the extra “uh” syllable that is sometimes added as emphasis on the end of words? From looking for examples this is an extra schwa syllable added to words. From further searching it ...
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When italicizing a noun to emphasize, italicize the article or not?

When I want to emphasize a noun by italicizing, do I need to italicize the article of the noun or not? For example, is this correct? "Is it an apple?" "No, it is an orange." Or, is this ...
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ADV of Manner between Transitive Verb and DO

In a book about the philosophy of William James, I have found the pattern transitive verb (to appreciate) + adverb of manner (fully) + direct object (what James means by distinguishing knowing into ...
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Use of italics and BrE single quotation marks

I'd like to know when to use italics and when to use single quotation marks should be used. For example: The word he was looking for was ‘abjuration’. vs The word he was looking for was ...
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How to emphasize the word I in a sentence?

So usually if I want to emphasize a word in a sentence (casual conversation not professional writing style) I'll capitalize it. Or maybe bold if that formatting option is available. But the word "I" ...
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How to emphasize that a problem is represented even in smaller group?

I am trying to emphasize the significance and prevalence of some problem by showing that even in a small group of people this problem is represented very well. Just for example, let's say that we ...
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Convey 2 meanings in one sentence correctly [closed]

The sentence is "Tom was the first ever student from Jacksonville University to qualify for the prestigious math competition, while only being in his sophomore year" What i what to emphasise is that ...
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If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks?

If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks? e.g. Everyone's so intimidated by "big data."
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How to stress the subject in a question beginning with “why”?

English isn't my native language, so my question might seem dumb to you, but I wanna be sure. I'm writing some fiction, but I have some problems with syntax... Here's the question at issue : "why is ...
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Determining the stressed word in a sentence when using possessive

In the following sentence, which word should receive the stress: This is the dog’s collar. I fully understand that in different contexts, different words will be stressed. But I’m asking about the ...
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Word for an ultimate target that MUST be achieved

Looking for any ideas as to a word or phrase that can be used for subject title. Say we have a deadline at the end of the year with a target/objective that must be achieved at all costs. Is there ...
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Is it correct to emphasize with “do” when using the verb to be?

I believe the following sentence is grammatically correct: I do like burgers. Meaning that the speaker wants to emphasize that he likes burgers. What about something like: I do am happy. ...
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“It be…that…” Sentence Structure

As I have been taught in China, "It be ... that ..." is a sentence structure able to emphasize certain component by placing it right after "it be", as in the following examples. Original: My father ...
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“significantly so” grammar construction

I have encountered some occurrences of phrases of the type: the correlation between variables is strong, and significantly so... and was asked to explain what the part after the comma meant. ...
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You should know that […]

I believe "You should know that..." is commonly understood as something along the lines of: "It would be good for you to know that ...". However, in a written sentence it's impossible to know where ...
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Does repetition in the following sequence of words display symbolism, emphasis, or both? [closed]

The sequence is "How much wood could a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck would?" I am wondering if repetition, particularly of the word "wood", would display symbolism or any other kind of ...
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prepositional phrase after “it is” [closed]

People can die after an earthquake from lack of food, water, and medical supplies. If I change this sentence, It is from lack of food, water and medical supplies that people can die after an ...
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Using 'do' unnecessarily

Often when I am on a flight, nearly every sentence I hear from the flight attendants contains an unnecessary emphatic auxiliary in its main clause; that is, an altogether unnecessary do or unnecessary ...
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What form of emphasis was used before printing?

Nowadays we use bold, italics <u>underline</u>(but not on SE) and even monospacing to emphasise words. However, before the invention of typewriters what emphasis could they use other than ...
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Is it legal to move 'always' to the end of a sentence for emphasis?

(1) I'm a great life guard, always paying attention. (2) I'm a great life guard, paying attention always. I understand that (1) is the convential way to write the sentence, but I would never ...
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How do I show that a singular word is louder than any other in a sentence when writing it?

I know that when a word is capitalized it expresses yelling. What about text showing someone is talking and emphasizing a particular word, but he clearly isn't yelling the word out? How is a "non-...
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“I don't recommend …” vs “I recommend we don't …”

[This question comes from a sentence I read in a book. Anathem, if you must know.] I'm a native English speaker (California style) and I understand what the semantic difference between "I don't ...
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Scientific Nomenclature: italics or roman in an italic environment

Scientific Nomenclature says that: Italics are used for bacterial and viral taxa at the level of family and below. All bacterial and many viral genes are italicized. Serovars of Salmonella ...
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Can I use “have many things to do with”?

Can I use "have many things to do with" to emphasize something has important relationships with others? For example, this graph has many things to do with the characteristic of the equation.
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Bold, Italics or Underline? [duplicate]

When writing a letter, or other form of written work, what is the appropriate way to put emphasis on a word or phrase? When would one use bold? When would one use italics? When would one use an ...
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How should you punctuate the construction of “She read until she reached the word x.”?

What is the correct way to highlight a specific word in the following way? She read until she came to the word packet. I feel like it's either one of the following ways, but I'm unsure. She read ...
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For words that can be a noun or not a noun, why does the noun have the emphasis at the start?

There are some pairs of words that can act as a noun or not a noun (a verb or an adjective. For instance: rebel present compact Why is it that the noun version of these words have their emphasis on ...
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What's the term for not just being wrong, but the exact opposite of right?

I'd like to concisely (ideally, in one word) express my opinion that the styling on the "Removed permissions" and "Added permissions" text in the picture below is not just wrong, but the exact ...
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What does “do” mean in “They really do exist”? [duplicate]

I was watching an animation last night then I heard a sentence which was strange for me. One of the characters sayed this sentence "They really do exist" He sayed it because he saw a creature ...
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Is it acceptable to start an emphatic sentence with “It is he who…”?

It is he who the students choose as the repersentative of their class. Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, why? I would like to know whether the pronoun ‘he’ can be used in this grammar ...
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Is there a general rule that dictates how the connotation of a sentence changes depending on the ordering of its words or clauses?

For instance: "This morning I ate breakfast quickly because the train was late." "I ate breakfast quickly this morning because the train was late." "Because the train was late I ate breakfast ...
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8-in-1 sentence - depending on emphasis

I have learned that this sentence has different meanings depending on which word is emphasized: She said she did not take his money. It was not someone else who said it. She said she did not take his ...
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Why is “their” italicized? [closed]

I'm having trouble understanding this sentence by Noam Chomsky. Noam published many English-related scientific papers in his professional career and I have no doubt that this italicization is ...
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Using 'so' for emphasis

A quick question. Is it possible to use 'so' for emphasis in the following sentence: Indeed, the religious ethos so permeates the book If so, should the following clause be a that-clause? '..so ...
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“the wedding” versus “a wedding”

If I want to talk to my coworkers about my wedding do I say "I had a wedding last month" or do i say "I had the wedding last month"? Since it is the only wedding I shall ever have, and it is the very ...
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Contrasting emphasis of an uncountable noun

In this translated sentence, water is supposed to be emphasized in contradistinction to the sand in an hourglass/sand clock: Like an hourglass, the device is made of glass and metal, except that in ...
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Pronunciation of a (article) /ə/ vs /eɪ/ [duplicate]

When to use the weak form /ə/ and when to use the weak form /eɪ/ of the article "a"? I figure if I would emphasize anything I wouldn't emphasize an article like "a", but rather, the noun (phrase) ...
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Emphasizing part of a word

Couldn't find much on this particular stylistic method, but I was wondering: how would one emphasize only part of a word in an informal novel-like case? "It wasn't new in any way—just newer." "...
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How common it is to emphasize a sentence by adding periods between words?

I am thinking about this style of writing: We. Do. Not. Negotiate! First of all, how would you call that? I have difficulties finding references about it, even though it seems to me that this is ...
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The meaning of word “do” in “Yes, I do watch TV” [duplicate]

Suppose Alice asks Tom “Do you watch TV?” Tom answers, “Yes, I watch TV” But Tom can also answer as follows “Yes, I do watch TV.” What is the difference between the two answers and the ...
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Is “It is these two issues that we need to pay attention to.” a correct sentence?

I hear many native speakers do say sentences that do not strictly follow the subject-verb agreement grammar rules. (This is off-topic, but do they do it without realizing it?) But in writing, this ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech? [closed]

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether you're ...
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Is there a common expression for “origin of everything”? What could it be?

In some languages there is a common pathetic hyperbole that goes like "the origin of origins" or "beginning of beginnings". Is there anything similar in English [or Latin]? Context: consider a ...
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“I know“ or “I do know”

I have seen people using I do know that instead of I know that Is this usage correct?
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How do different languages convey shades of meaning as English does with stress?

Browsing this site recently, I noticed a lot of discussion, not to say bickering, about whether some languages are more expressive or nuanced than others. It reminded me of a question I had in my ...
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what's the difference between “I know.” and “ I know that.”? [closed]

example dialog: "yes, yes, it's your job. I know that." Can I just say "I know" instead of "I know that"? another one: do I say It is very pretty. Where did you buy? -or- where did you ...
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How to explain the use of stress to emphasize agreement

In a discussion with someone whose first language is not English, the phrase "that is fun" came up, with the stress applied to emphasize agreement. This was taken as an insult; he thought the stress ...
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Express Emphasis without using Italics or Underline

Are there any methods to express emphasis without using italics or underline? I find that there are many cases where formatting does not allow italics, even if emphasis would add to the text greatly. ...
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“What have we here?” vs. “What do we have here?” [closed]

Could someone explain which structure is correct and if it's okay to say the other one? Oh, what have we here? Oh, what do we have here? Can we simply invert the subject and the verb to make ...