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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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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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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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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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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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What part of speech is 'put' in the expression 'stay put'?

A previous question asked the same of 'warm' in 'stay warm' but the single answer was not very satisfying to me and also 'put' is not the same as 'warm' even if, as the answer suggests, 'you' is ...
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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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What part of speech is 'Hearing' in these sentences?

"Hearing the voice, the boy woke up" "The boy woke up hearing the voice" What is 'hearing' in these sentences?
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from high enough

because he hadn’t jumped off from high enough. I wonder whether high in the sentence is an adjective? or a noun? As far as I know, a preposition should be followed by a noun (-- group).
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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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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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atom state or atomic state: compound nouns

Consider the sentence X is derived from the atom state. My confusion is about the use of the word atom in front of state. Is this form ok, or is the correct form rather atomic state? Perhaps both are ...