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What parts of speech are “like” and “to” in the sentence “Bobby does not like to walk”? [closed]

I realized that I want to be able to look at any sentence and understand what each word in that sentence is in terms of its part of speech, since I never really cared in school to learn the parts of ...
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Is there a word category for a certain kind of words beginning with 'a-'? [duplicate]

A few words beginning with an a came up to my mind recently because their structure is similar in the way they convey their meaning. Those words are like: atop, alight; afloat, afresh, anew, asleep, ...
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What parts of speech is “Like” in this Sentence

This is a line from Ruskin Bond's short story, "Eyes Have It." —"What is it like outside?"I asked. I am more inclined to call 'like' an adverb in this sentence but cannot figure ...
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What is the role of “destitute” in this sentence?

The sentence appeared in the Isaiah 3:26 - "destitute, she will sit on the ground." The dictionary definition of "destitute" is that it is an adjective. However I don't think I ...
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What parts of speech and sentence constituents are “yes” and “no” words in answers?

Let's look at some examples: — Would you like some ice cream? — No. — Are you happy? — Yes. According to Wiktionary “yes” is a particle: ParticleyesUsed to show agreement or acceptance... “No” and “...
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What does “from the rough” mean? [closed]

Taken from an android game "Arknights". The whole phrase: "our colleagues in the Human Resources Department have to manage a deluge of information each and every day, but they always ...
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What parts of speech are the words “about and how” in this sentence?

“You should wake me,” I say, thinking about how I can interrupt his sleep two or three times on a bad night.
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Is there a single word for “Parts of Speech”?

Is there a word that refers to the different forms of a word, or a word's following four parts of speech—verb, adverb, noun, adjective? For example: confuse verb confusedly adverb confusion noun ...
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What part of speech is the that clause after 'I'm sure'?

fellow grammarians. When it comes to a clause, we'd naturally understand that each of them has a lexical class to it, and, the part of speech they serve as in a sentence. Adjective + that clause has ...
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What POS is “welcome” in “welcome to x”?

In the phrases: "welcome home" "welcome to Jurassic Park" I always assumed "welcome" was a verb here, and the structure was a shortened form of: "(I) welcome (you)...
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What is the basis for calling HOME a preposition? [duplicate]

I have gone through many a post here and elsewhere that treats home in such sentences as Stay home. Go home. prepositions. Admittedly, this is a fairly new perspective of looking at the POS, thanks ...
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'Come on, it's time to go home' here home is an adverb or noun? [duplicate]

I have 2 options. A) Noun B) adverb then what should be the answer.
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The word isolate—verb, or noun? [closed]

While studying I encounter the concept of a 'language isolate' (pl. isolates). I would like to know if 'isolate' is a verb or a noun when appearing after the word 'language'. As an example let's ...
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Why are location words like “here” adverbs rather than adjectives?

In learning another language, I realized that in English, location-related words are adverbs, not adjectives like I expected. "I'm cold/tall/fast/young" - these words are adjectives, ...
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How should I ask question to “each other” [closed]

I have this sentence "Many of our acquaintances are acquainted with each other" and I need to ask the question to the words "each other". I tried "Who many of our ...
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This ranks fairly high on my list

Is rank a copulative/linking verb in This ranks fairly high on my list ? What Part of Speech is high here? High (adjective) https://www.oed.com/oed2/00106032 High (adverb) https://www.oed.com/oed2/...
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Can we use “depot” as an adjective? [closed]

Can we use depot in this form: depotted books or depot books? (I’m not sure about the past participle of this word.) Or should it be used only as a “place” where books are supposed to be stored, a ...
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When does a pronoun function as demonstrative or relative?

A bold program was proposed in JFK's Rice University address, that of sending a man to the moon. I'd like to discuss a certain theory of historical progress today, that which is most famously ...
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What are the elements of this clause?

I am unsure whether I am identifying the elements in the following clause correctly. Phobias often originate from traumatic experiences in one's childhood I am parsing this as follows. Element Part ...
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When an action is not carried out, who is the subject?

“My mother gave me money.” My mother is the subject, money is the direct object, and I am the indirect object who receives the money. “My mother did not give me money.” This sentence states what my ...
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Is the following sentence an adjective clause or an adjective phrase or a noun clause? [closed]

Yesterday, I attended a yoga class, the majority of whom were men. Is the boldfaced part an adjective phrase or adjective clause? I'm sure it's giving information about the yoga class. Yesterday, I ...
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Is factoid an Auto-antonym?

I had thought factoid meant "a brief or trivial item of news or information" But now I googled the meaning and it says, In most examples of janus words online the meanings are quite exactly ...
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What part of speech is the word 'informed' in this sentence?

What part of speech is the word 'informed' in this sentence? The kids are much better informed than I was at their age.
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What part of speech is 'inspired' here? [duplicate]

I'm not sure if 'inspired' here is a verb in past participle or an adjective. Director George Lucas was inspired to create the Wookiee character Chewbacca—a “gentle, hairy, non-English-speaking co-...
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What is the role and meaning of “posing” in this context?

Context: the article began with the news that he had been incapacitated since 1990, with his followers posing pictures of him and signing his correspondence with an automatic pen. Question: what ...
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What are the parts of speech in this exclamatory sentence?

I am attempting to help a student with a particular sentence: What an amazingly wise creature God made in the otter! The exercise asks him to identify if the sentence is active or passive. That ...
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Parts of Speech question

I am given the following sentence: "I've always known you were a good friend." I know that "I" is the subject pronoun "'ve" is the contracted form of the auxiliary verb &...
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Put something out to tender

TENDER: (intransitive) followed by for: to make a formal offer or estimate for (a job or contract). noun: the act or an instance of tendering; offer. What does tender mean in put something out to ...
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Why does CGEL call “home”, “abroad”, “here”, and “there” prepositions instead of adverbs like dictionaries say?

We know that the words home, abroad, here, and there are adverbs because the dictionaries all say so. But in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (GGEL), authors Huddleston and Pullum tell us ...
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“The election finished the democratic party as a force in national politics.” [closed]

It doesn’t matter the results of the election or the specific election, I just need to know if this means the party had no influence after the election or if they finished as a force, ie. gained power ...
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Is there a frequency of the use of different parts of speech in English?

I am wondering if there has been any research on the statistical frequency of the different parts of speech. I'm looking for something like "20% nouns, 13% verbs, 10% adjectives, 11% prepositions,...
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Past participle as adj

I'm having a disagreement with my boss (a non-native speaker) who says that in this sentence the word "rigged" is a be-verb. I say it's the past participle acting as an adjective and I ...
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How do you decide whether to use “-ing” or “-ation/-age” when either is correct?

"The demonising of people on benefits by the Government is shameful" "The demonisation of people on benefits by the Government is shameful" And by the way, should I be saying "...
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What part of speech is “Here”?

Merriam-webster's definition for here/there as a noun is "here"=this place, and "here" as an adverb "here"=to/in this place ; at this location. In this sentence: "He'...
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What part of speech would this word be? [closed]

What part of speech are the following highlighted words? the bank card the Lloyds card
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Which of the following sentence is irrefutable? [closed]

Which sentence is correct? The expression 0/0 is undefined. The expression "0/0" is undefined. What is the part of speech of "expression" and "0/0" in this sentence?
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Simple Noun/Adjective Confusion

Honesty is the best policy In this sentence, it is clear that Honesty is the noun. But should policy also a noun? I'm not good at grammar so I'm sorry if the question sounds dumb.
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“… the day you find out why.” [closed]

The Apocryphal Twain suggests that the oft-quoted aphorism : The two most important days of your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. is not, actually, attributable to Mark ...
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“Such” as a part of speech, and similar words

The word "such" seems to fit under a few different categories. It could be arguably classified as: A noun - "The movie would only be of interest to such as enjoy mindless explosions ...
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Adverb confusion!

I was a bit confused on the use of "below" as an adverb, and it's called into question my entire understanding of the use of adverbs. As an example of "below" as an adverb, Webster'...
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Is there a reduction when you say “is there ”or “is this”?

I feel like native english speakers drop the voiced th sound in fast speech when they say "is there.... ?" and "is this...?". Can you tell me if I'm right or wrong . Thanks for your attention. I’m ...
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“As if” is followed by a gerund?

Here is the first definition of prolepsis by Merriam-Webster: the representation or assumption of a future act or development as if presently existing or accomplished* My questions: 1. Is existing ...
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Does any grammar (book or theory) classify 'where' and 'when' as pronouns?

(1) A: Where are you from? B: I'm from the U.S. (2) A: When do you leave? B: I leave a week from tomorrow/July 7th/this coming Sunday. Traditional grammar classifies where and when in (1) and (2) as ...
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Parsing “He went there, and that, too, when it was dark”

In the example "He went there, and that, too, when it was dark" How does one analyse the sentence after the main clause 'He went there'? What function is “and that too,” performing? What will be ...
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What is the part of the speech of “But” in this sentence?

“These commands are binding on all children; they cannot be neglected without sin. Whatever God has commanded us to do, we must perform, without calling in question the propriety of the command. But ...
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be rid of / get rid of

Finally, I got rid of Karen. / Finally, I was rid of Karen. rid of is a phrasal verb whose direct object is Karen got and was function as copular verbs rid of Karen together is a participle clause (...
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“I have a friend VISITING me.” Participle vs entire Direct Object Clause

"I have a friend visiting me." Which part of speech is "visiting" specifically? Even if "a friend visiting me" is an entire direct object clause, what is the breakdown: Is "visiting" a participle? ...
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Question related to definite article

Why is "the" put before the words Internet and kitchen when they're used in general sense? For instance, Women should stay in the kitchen. The Internet is man's greatest creation.
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Identifying a passive voice usage of a past participle

I read in a Stack Exchange answer that the tip to determine whether a past participle is acting as part of passive voice construction in a particular sentence or not is: If it describes an action ...
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What part of speech is “this” in the following sentence [duplicate]

My friends and I are having a stupid argument about this sentence: Someday this pain will be useful to you. I claim “this” in this sentence is an adjective modifying pain, but they claim it is a ...

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