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Rising Pitch as the only minimal pair differentiator? The "cot" - "caw" [split? semi-merge? something else?]

Canonically, English is not a tonal language, and there are a number of posts on this site discussing why the use of rising tone in asking a question does not qualify (the reason being that it doesn't ...
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Is there a documented merger or split responsible for whether or not people treat lair and layer as homophones, and if so, what is it called?

Discovered a weird bit of pronunciation distinction in friends today, between three words: lair (as in home to monster) layer (as in levels of a cake) layer (as in "one who lays things down"...
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How do you split "cities" into morphemes?

Would it be "cit/ies" or "citie/s"? I'm just starting morphology and I got confused about it.
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Is it correct to insert other words between modal verbs and the verbs that come after them?

Usually, Whenever I insert other words (for example, adverbs) between modal verbs and the verbs coming after them, Microsoft Word asks for revising in the order of words. Is that insertion incorrect ...
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Word for "correct" that means "wrong" when halves are reversed [closed]

I have two identical electrical plugs which fit side-by-side. It is important to get them the right way around as they will both fit in either socket. I would like to write something on each of the ...
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Splitting the components of a compound verb [duplicate]

I've always understood that splitting infinitives should be avoided; e.g., instead of To boldly go where no man has gone before. use To go boldly where no man has gone before. With that in ...
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Split words in Enumeration

When enumerating conjoined words that share a common (the last) part, do you apply the same "splitting-" pattern in English as you would do in German, which is for instance: This chapter is about ...
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What mistake is made when words are incorrectly split into two different words, changing the meaning?

Is there a terminology for when correct English words that are made up of other English words are incorrectly split to use the shorter words out of context? Examples of the error I am trying to ...
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Split infinitives—did Old English have them?

I've read a few articles as well as questions on this site about splitting infinitives. In the Wikipedia article, it claims: In Old English, infinitives were single words ending in -n or -an (...
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"to successfully complete" or "to complete successfully"? [duplicate]

A Google search yields 41,200,000 results for the former but only 3,150,000 for the latter. Are split infinitives really to boldly be avoided in English grammar, or are millions of people just ...
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Is using split infinitive allowed in formal English? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are split infinitives grammatically incorrect, or are they valid constructs? Is it allowed to use split infinitives in formal English? I look into Wikipedia but it is too ...
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Grammaticality of Star Trek's slogan [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are split infinitives grammatically incorrect, or are they valid constructs? Star Trek's slogan: To boldly go where no man has gone before. "To boldy go" sounds right, but ...
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