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The verb beware in a subjunctive clause

I know that nowadays in English the verb "beware" can be used only in imperative clauses and in bare infinitival constructions to warn or to guide. I've understood that nowadays "beware&...
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Is this "upspeak" or something else?

I am reviewing a book (fiction) where the following type of sentence occurs frequently: That dumb suggestion? That just made me angry. [That dumb suggestion just made me angry.] You and I? We’re in ...
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How to unambiguously indicate inflections where letters are sometimes removed?

Consider a lexicon where you look up the words 'jump' and 'dance'. You would often see something like this: jump -s -ing, etc. dance -s -ing, etc. I reckon this notation (is there a name for it?) is ...
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Pronunciation of 'damning' with /n/

The Longman Pronunciation Dictionary and OED accept /n/ as a secondary pronunciation /ˈdæmnɪŋ/ for the form damning (unlike for, say, condemning). Is the latter used for the adjective, similarly to ...
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Using the word "Right" to confirm understanding during technical demonstration

I manage a technical group and I was having a discussion with one of the lead guys who is learning a new technology and when I was explaining a few things, he kept using the word "Right" to ...
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Words whose plural has a plural

I'm working on an app that works with inflections and realized "person" has three levels of plurality: person -> people -> peoples Are there any other words in English that act this way?
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Plural vs Singular when the number 1 is represented in integer vs decimal form [duplicate]

If I have a noun of cardinality 1, I am taught that I use the singular form. E.g. I have 1 Apple If the value is still 1, but represented as 1.0, do I still use the singular form? E.g. I have 1.0 ...
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Why do 'vomit/limit' use single 't' while emit/omit use double 't'? A study case of relations between etymology and verb inflections

One comment gave me a great link for musing the answer: "Focussed" or "focused"? Rules for doubling the last consonant when adding -ed However, my question is the rule in doubling ...
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Normalizing English words

I'm looking for the right term to look into when it comes to "normalize" (remove word inflections) English words. For example: participation -> participate changing -> change granted -> ...
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What is the difference between -en and {-en} in morphology notation?

So there is this question of the example: The referee has blown his whistle many times today. The question of the example above is, "What type of allomorph is in the past participle form of the word ...
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Why isn't 'oranger' correct even though it follows being a one- or two-syllable word for adding the comparative inflection?

So 'orange' is either can be a one- or two-syllable word, however it would incorrect to say something is "oranger". But why? It follows the rule of being adding the comparative {-er} but it is not ...
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categories of verb inflections

Hi I'm working on a software project for work that inflects english words into their various derived forms. e.g. work (verb) -> works, working, worked. My main problem at the moment is that I need to ...
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One dare not disobey? [duplicate]

When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey. This is a sentence from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I am not sure why dare is in the infinitive, not the third person ...
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List of English word subjunctives

I'm working on a word cloud application and thought it would be useful to group different forms of the same word together. For example, "rides", "ride", "riding", and "rode" would all be grouped as "...
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How does "ain't" work?

From what I know, "ain't" works as a negation in any tense or form. However, it doesn't take the form of the (first/second/third) person or the tense and so the verb following it does. What I mean is: ...
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Is there a database of word families? [closed]

Is there any where that I can download the database/dictionary for word families? For example one line of it will have something like this: Pellucid, pellucidity, pellucidly, pellucidness A top ...
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What’s the difference between the 𝑡𝑜-infinitive, the bare infinitive, and the base form of a verb?

When I say “Adam will travel tomorrow,” what form is the verb travel in compared to “Adam didn’t travel” and “Alex made Adam travel”? In other words, what form is the verb travel in example #1 below ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe ambiguous sarcasm?

To be specific, this statement refers to a phrase in which the writer/speaker's intention of being sarcastic is not disclosed to the reader/listener (deliberately or accidentally). The effect strongly ...
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Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name ("grep")

In a discussion that involves talking about the program named "grep", the activity of applying the program to some data is often referred to as "greping". I was writing - still ...
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What noun describes "turning a cardinal number into an ordinal number"?

If I take a singular noun like 'person' and turn it into its plural 'people', I think I'm doing pluralisation (or, if you insist, pluralization). What am I doing if I take a cardinal number like '13' ...
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wooden, golden, oaken - Genitive?

A few nouns can be transformed into an adjective meaning "made of that noun (also: being like that noun)" by adding -en. golden, wooden, oaken, stonen Are those remnants of an old noun inflection ...
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There seems to be a subtle difference between the infinitive form of the verb 'to be' after a verb and the inflected form of the same; what is it?

There seems to be a subtle difference between the infinitive form of the verb 'to be' after a verb and the inflected form of the same; what is it? This effect, if there is one, seems most noticeable ...
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"sunk" or "sunken"?

The boat lies half-sunken in the bay. Sunken is an adjective, right? But in the previous sentence, it seems to be acting as adverb modifying lies. Should the sentence be: The boat lies ...
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Speculable or Speculatable?

In the field of programming, we know a function is "safe to speculatively execute" if it has no side-effects. Is there a single word which can describe this attribute? Speculable? Speculatable? ...
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Frequent use of word not found in dictionary, "programatically."

Here's a word I see often on StackOverflow, "programatically." Used to indicate that a programmer intends to do something within the code of a program, rather than through user interaction. For ...
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