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Batter up! A verb or a noun?

Does anyone know whether "batter" as in "batter up!" on a baseball field is a noun or a verb derived from a noun? To test for its verbhood, you'd have to apply some verb-related tests. Can it have a ...
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What is the classification of the words such as “group of”, “bundle of”, “number of” and also the right form of verb after using this words?

First example: A bundle of roses is the most beautiful thing one can have in the morning. A bundle of roses are the most beautiful thing ... Second example: The number of books are ...
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What is the use of the word “there” in this sentence?

While working with my brother on his grammar, I saw the sentence: There were several good reasons for his mistake. The question in his work was what part of speech is reasons (subject), but I am ...
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What's the word for 'commonly understood reference which evokes emotion'?

One hundred years ago if a speech included a particular bible reference, everyone (from a western country) would get it and understand the context. Today there are less of these commonly held ...
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What part of speech is the word “entire” in “over the little garden field entire”?

The sentence is: "After a while she got up from where she was and went over the little garden field entire." A quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I want to know if the ...
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Category of the First Term in the Partitive Construction

Are the words in bold type in the following sentences determiners? One of the books was written by X I want two of those 8 percent of the population has X I ate some of that cake In a treatise ...
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Like as a preposition and prepositional phrase sub categorization rules

I'm trying to figure out how the sentence "My hands are shaking like crazy," breaks down into lexical categories. I know "like" can function as a preposition, meaning "similar to", but I'm not sure if ...
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A few miles into the town — verbless clause, or adverbial phrase?

A few miles into the town, I saw a beautiful building that was now abandoned. I don't know if "a few miles into the town" is a verbless clause like this (Being) a few miles into the town, I saw a ...
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'Lots' as a noun or quantifier with ellipsis?

I'd like the opinion of the community on the status of lots when used in the following: Your tutor will be an experienced teacher from whom you can learn lots. Is lots here still a quantifier or ...
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What word class is “yeah yeah”?

In an episode of the Graham Norton Show, Norton is speaking with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. He asks Hathaway to tell them about her initial feelings about working with McConaughey. She is ...
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In “Please find attached invoice number A123”, what is the part of speech of “number A123”?

The title says it all. Thanks in advance for any information!
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Is the phrase “for one of both of us” grammatically correct?

In portal, Glados at one point says this: "and I thought of a solution that would be the best for one of both of us." I am debating about whether or not the construction of "for one of both of us" is ...
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How do you determine if a pre-modifying past participle is a verb or an adjective?

How do you determine if a past participle--when used as a pre-modifier of a noun--is a verb or an adjective? For example: a. I saw a broken vase. b. I saw a murdered man. I think broken in a....
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Adverb or something “else”?

What exactly is the functionality of else (as in "something else")? Does it always modify an action? Does it also sometimes qualify a noun? Most common dictionaries seem content with defining ...
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Can a preposition be before an adverb?

Ok, this site says The preposition is almost always before the noun or pronoun and that is why it is called a preposition Now, this oxford dictionary says here (adverb) used after a ...
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Use of preposition 'to': 'to the advantage of'

Please explain use of to specific to this sentence An idiological deficit is to the advantage of Congress party.
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What is a phrase like “in my house” called?

What is the grammatical name and function of the clause in bold: They were in my house when the thieves broke in.
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Why the sad face?

A previous question (What part of speech is 'why' ?) asked what function 'why' was playing when it is used with a verb. But 'why' can be used without a verb. Why the sad face ? So what is it ...
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Are these word adjectives or pronouns?

There is an exercise in my grammar book that asks to identify the type of pronoun in a sentence (personal, possessive, relative, demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, reciprocal or reflexive). In ...
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Is there any easy way to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences

I am looking for any specific series of rules or structures to detect assertive, interrogative and other sentences like wh-type question + subject + be verb + obj. etc.
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What is the verb portion of a hyphenated/compound/multiword adjective or noun called?

For example, in the noun "victim-blaming", what is the "blaming" part called? Is it some special type of verb, or perhaps something else? Words of this form can generally be made up and can still be ...
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Need help determining part of speech for word in a sentence

By blaring music at home, you will see that the neighbors will become annoyed. What part of speech is blaring?
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What Part of Speech Modifies a Preposition?

Is there a rule for which part of speech modifies a preposition? What part of speech is the italicized halfway in the following sentence? "He stopped halfway out the door."
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How are Grammar and Parts of Speech terms related?

I'm wanting to build my understanding of English grammar and parts of speech. I want to sort out which terms build on each other but am getting confused because there are so many terms that I'm not ...
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Determining the Role of “As” in Titles

Could you give me some tips on how to determine the role of the word “as” in titles so that I can see whether to capitalize it or not? What kind of role does it have in idioms like as is, as if, and ...
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Is “to say” in Hamlet's “and by a sleep to say we end” an infinitive or an adverb?

I was trying to identify the word classes of Hamlet's famous monologue "To be or not to be", and I'm really having trouble deciding what word class "to say" in "and by sleep to say we end the ...
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Part of speech in a sentence

In the sentence: " I let him take the pen ... are the mentioned functions correct? I = subject let = main verb him = indirect Object take = the second verb (bare infinitive) the pen = Direct ...
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Resolution for the double “the” problem

Consider the following sentence: With the Nike shirt, your workout will be complete. How will I say the same thing about a shirt of the brand 'The North Face'? The least awkward option will ...
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What is the grammatical function of “in my opinion”?

In phrases such as "X is better than Y in my opinion" what is the grammatical function of the phrase "in my opinion"? I know that prepositional phrases can function as adverbs or adjective depending ...
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Is there a specific term to refer to a word associated with specific part of speech?

I'm looking for a term I can use to refer to words tagged with a specific part of speech. Let's say the word run may be used as a verb and as a noun. So, run (n) and run (v) are ... of word run. Is ...
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What parts of speech are “for reserving” and “a court” in this sentence?

In this sentence, "Thanks for reserving a court", what parts of speech are "for reserving" and "a court", respectively? Been racking my brain & can't figure it out.
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Marked - adjective vs. verb

In the sentence, "She took a hair from the box that was marked "Big Hex"." is marked a verb or adjective? And can you explain why?
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What is the proper past and present tense of using shrink wrap and why?

I'm an esl person and am wondering what the best phrasing of this 'shrink-wrap' word is. past tense: I shrink-wrapped the food. I shrunk-wrapped the food. I shrunk shrink-wrap around the food. I ...
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What is a quote in terms of parts of speach?

What role does a quote play in sentence? what part of speech applies to it? Can it be the direct or indirect object? For example: 1) "The baby said 'mama'" 2) "He called them 'bad people'"
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Origin of different approaches to convert parts of speech

This post is inspired by the post What's the noun for “synchronous”? Responses to the linked post were quite varied, with responses including: synchrony, synchroneity, synchronism, synchronousness, ...
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Can adverbs derived from content words modify a noun?

I've seen some discussion about whether adverbs categorized as function words like "almost" can modify a noun (Many say yes, but the answer to this question is still disputable though). | But this ...
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Passive or adjective?

I'm an English teacher and a question has been preocupying my mind since my first experience of teaching. Take a look at this sentence: "The door is closed every day at 8:00 What kind of sentence ...
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Why is “for” a coordinating conjunction when “because” is not?

According to a video I watched as part of a high school Language Arts lesson, the 7 coordinating conjunctions are "for," "and," "nor," "but," "or," "yet," and "so." There are no other coordinating ...
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Is this a fused determiner-head?

This all started in 1965. Is 'this', 'this all' or 'all' here a fused determiner-head? If one of these is not a fused determiner-head, what is its function and category?
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what kind of part of speech is to be placed at the end of comparison structures

I am practicing writing reports for the IELTS writing task 1. The question requires to compare and contrast data in a diagram. So, now I am quite lost between all the comparison structures. ...
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Changing meaning of “it” in similar sentences

I saw a sentence like this: A: "Linux is a success and it is worth using it." It seemed like a repetition and I thought it was equivalent to this: B: "Linux is a success and it is worth using." ...
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What is an average percentage of English stop words in a sentence?

There is a similar question about average percentage of POS is English corpora. But can anybody gives me a more specific answer for stop words? Is there any scientific study on this?
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What is every word class that exists?

I want to know if there is a list somewhere, either Internet or books with an extensive list of word classes that contains every single word class that exists. I found a list of word classes on the ...
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Is there any English word which is both a preposition and another part of speech?

I am trying to make a simple natural language processor and am trying to group the prepositions. However, I'm wondering whether a preposition could also be another part of speech. Is there any word ...
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Are there patterns in the parts-of-speech of a sentence that allow you to know if a sentence is too verbose?

I found a program online from Xerox that tags words as their parts of speech. Are there patterns that the order the parts of speech are for each word should follow if you want them to be as short and ...
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Origin and part of speech of 'for that matter'

What is the origin of the phrase 'for that matter'? And what part of speech does it function as? It's obviously a modifier, but it seems to me to modify the whole sentence. In fact…If I say "He was ...
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Confused about parts of speech and how 'to' is being used on sentences.

In class, we're trying to figure out the part of speech for the words 'dedicated', 'to' and work(ing) for the following example sentences. We have searched online for more accurate answers, but haven'...