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Part of Speech Problem [closed]

What is the part of speech of "many" in the following sentence. How many books are there in your bag ? A friend of mine insists that it is an adjective but I believe that it can't be an ...
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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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Preposition at the end of a phrase

"Professor, your TA thinks that the sky is green, and I think the sky is blue. I am curious which of us you agree with and what in your research leads you to this decision." vs. "Professor, your TA ...
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When can an adverb modify a participial adjective?

Why can you say: the hurriedly passed bill the warmly clothed child but not: the *here proposed bill the *yesterday scolded child To me they don't even sound informally understandable, they just ...
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It was meme city

I know it's silly but, Elon Musk once said it during his meme review: "It was meme city". So we've got an argument with my friend about the 'meme city' part. I say it's a compound adjective used as ...
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Can because appear in the start of a sentence?

I am usually used to writing because in the middle of a sentence during my school days. But nowadays I find that because also appears in the start of a sentence. Even if because is used in the start ...
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Part of speech of “likely”

It is likely to rain. Here likely is a predicate adjective with to rain as the complement (correct me if I'm wrong). Who took the cookie? It was likely Bob. Is likely also a predicate adjective ...
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“We have but a choice to be responsible citizens”

I am trying to phrase this: "We don't have any other choice but to be responsible citizens" as "We have but a choice to be responsible citizens". Is this correct? Or have I said exactly the opposite? ...
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Identifying function and part of speech of noun phrase in sentence that used for" as a conjunction

I took this line out of "Sula" by Toni Morrison. They waited in vain, for no lightning no thunder no rain came. -Author left punctuation like that. My question is how do the noun phrases act in ...
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“That following summer” vs “The following summer”

She moved to our school in the middle of her first year in high school. That following summer, she asked the coach if she could join the team as a sophomore. 1) What's the meaning difference ...
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What is the part of speech for “where” in these two cases?

I'm aware that "where" is usually an adverb, but I'm a bit confused as to cases like this: This is where I went to school. Is it still an adverb here? Why or why not? Thanks in advance.
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Identify the subject and verb in the sentence

Please where is the subject and the verb in the following sentence: Slavery and the slave trade bulk large in this work. Is it grammatically correct? And what kind of the word is 'large' in this ...
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Can someone explain why they omitted 'of the' in the second second sentence after the word 'majority'?

A Vast Majority of the World’s Population Breathes Unsafe Air But the truth is that as it stands at the moment the majority population do not believe this.
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I am unable to find out the parts of speech in following sentence

At what hour is the sun right above us. Us = pronoun (object of preposition) Above =. preposition Right. = Adv modifying the prepositional phrase The determiner Sun noun Is. linking ...
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Does the whole always “comprise” the parts of something, and not the other way around? [closed]

The verb "comprise" comes to me naturally to use in certain situations, at odds with a legalistic sense of correctness. It's a word often used in patents, or patent applicaitons, where some invention ...
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What part of speech is 'enough' in '[Subject] is enough.'?

All the dictionaries I know of classify 'enough' in 'Something is enough.' as a pronoun, not an adjective. Dictionaries such as LEXICO, Oxford Learner's Dictionaries and Collins classify it as a ...
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Helping others is a good habit. Which part of speech is “Helping” & “others” here? [duplicate]

Helping others is a good habit. Which part of speech is "Helping" & "others" here? I think helping here is noun & others is pronuoun.
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I still write a little [part of speech of 'a little']

a. Do you still write? I still write a little. b. Do you still write short stories? I still write a little. Is a little an adverb in (a) and a pronoun in (b)?
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What parts of speech are the words in “as long as”?

I'm having trouble thinking about "as long as" in grammatical terms. What are the parts of speech for the different components of this phrase and the phrase as a whole? I can intuitively use it but ...
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Gerund or a predicate adjective?

In sentences like "but now it is running" or "but now it is standing" What are the words running/standing? I believe they're verbs/gerunds but I have some friends who think they are predicate ...
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“… slowing gaining strength”—What part of speech is “slowing” in the phrases below?

I thought the authors misused the word 'slowing', because it seems that 'slowly' as an adverb should be used. However, there are multiple examples using slowing + gaining + something(noun). Really ...
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Usage of commas

Good time of the day. Can you please tell me whether or not it is correct to insert a comma prior to the word "embedded" in this sentence? "He leaned down to the nearest tablet embedded in a little ...
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Plural forms of gerunds [duplicate]

In this sentence, the noun savings is in plural form: I have one savings account. It is like a gerund or maybe it is a gerund, I am not clear about it. But when I searched the Internet, I found ...
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What part of speech do the quoted constructions belong to? [duplicate]

This yoghurt is ... "getting out of these shoes" good "not catching the bouquet" good, "not getting stuck with a groom's man shorter than you" good. I have found no articles on this sort of (it ...
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'Pollution affects the environment in many ways' - What part of the speech is 'in many ways'? [closed]

Pollution (S) affects (V) the environment (O) in many ways (?). Is in many ways a complement?
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Need help breaking down this sentence: “I took action to make my plan come to fruition.”

So far I have "to make my plan come to fruition" as a subordinate clause, but I'm having trouble defining its components. Is "come to fruition" modifying "plan"? How is the infinitive functioning here?...
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How does suffixing adjectives with “ass” work out grammatically?

Why is it grammatically correct apparently to say, for example "My annoying-ass art teacher"? Or is it? If ass is a noun normally, then what part of speech is it when used to suffix an adjective? Can ...

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