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What is some literature you would recommend to improve my conversational and word association skills? [closed]

What books could help me improve my wit and verbal skills and become a better conversationalist?
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About adjectives used as noun

There are some adjectives like valuable and rich has used as a noun as Riches Valuables. But the meaning of these adjectives used as a noun is different . Is there any other adjectives are there which ...
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Can a bare infinitive ever modify (“act as an adjective”) a noun?

While browsing a set of lecture slides, I encountered this line: Catch up/overtake rate in which overtake rate looks odd to me. As far as I know, a verb may act as an adjective in a couple ...
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Isn’t “higher-priced products” with an adjective ungrammatical for the correct “more highly priced products” with an adverb?

The phrase higher-priced products is very common, but isn’t it grammatically incorrect? The adjective higher is being forced to servce as an adverb here, so the phrase should instead be more highly ...
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Is '“snapshotting” a correct word? [closed]

For example, as part of the information message of some computer script: Snapshotting the file... Can we write snapshotting instead of taking the snapshot? Is it still correct? I've found an ...
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What adjectives can be used as adverbs? [duplicate]

Are the following sentences acceptable to native speakers? I want it so bad. The children grew up happy and healthy. Jimmy works hard. He followed her quick. What adjectives can be used as adverbs? ...
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Why can “dispute” be both verb and noun, but “refute” only a verb?

The word dispute be used as a verb or a noun: Do not dispute me on this. The dispute was settled quickly. However, the word refute can be used only as a verb: I shall refute this claim. The only ...
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What is the term for “‑ate” noun/verb pairs, and why can’t I find references to “hyphenate” used that way?

When you conjugate (verb, conjuGATE) things you get a conjugate (noun, conjuGIT). When you precipitate (verb, ...TATE) a solution you get a precipitate (noun, ...TIT). When you concentrate (verb, ......
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Morphology, conversion type confusion! [closed]

I am currently doing an assignment. I am having difficulty understanding this phenomenon. If the verb "taking" is in a passage would it be considered a conversion process, as "taking" can also be a ...
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What is the type of sound-based language conversion called?

Background I have been using the type of conversion for my Korean students when trying to get them to pronounce English words slightly more accurately. I don't transcribe the meaning of the words. I ...
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Is “below ask” a valid combination of words? [duplicate]

Is "below ask", correct with regards to information given below(suppose info exists below)?
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Why isn't “stress” capitalized in “Kirchhoff stress”?

I am confused by the rules for how common nouns can be converted into proper nouns. For example the word "lake" is a common noun. Yet the common noun "lake" can be part of a proper noun. For example ...
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Can the suffix “to do so” change a noun into a verb?

Consider the following: The Cleaners were asked to clean. Is it valid to use to do so instead of to clean removing the redundancy from mentioning cleaners and clean in the same sentence? While I'...
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Is “Announceable” as a noun an Australianism?

I just heard of the word "Announceable" being as a noun. This word was announced as a Word of the Year candidate in 2011 by the Macquarie Dictionary. An example from 2010, albeit using sneer quotes: ...
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Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?

Apple TextEdit is giving a red line underneath "preferenced" as if it's not a valid word. Wiktionary describes "preference" as being a verb as well as a noun. Is it a recently verbed noun that's ...
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How did the adjective “just” come to take on so many adverbial meanings?

Just is a pretty useful adverb. It can carry several different meanings: very recently: I just finished the novel. exactly: That’s just what he meant. by a narrow margin: He just missed me ...
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Noun phrase converted to verb, is a hyphen needed?

When "air kiss" is treated as a verb, as in "they air kissed", should it be hyphenated to "air-kissed"?