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Types of English where "try [bare infinitive]" is common? (e.g. I'll try work on it)

I (a native Standard Southern British English speaker) have never heard this from a native speaker of any dialect and would generally perceive it as a mistake. It certainly is not accepted in standard ...
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This is relating to a number of posts from a few years ago that I have just stumbled upon

The claim that foods was never used in the UK is false. The Hansard Corpus, detailing speech in British parliament, has 9182 hits dating back to the 19th century. A sample: Our imports of foods of ...
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This is relating to a number of posts from a few years ago that I have just stumbled upon

food (n.) An item of food; a particular kind of food. Chiefly in plural. 1923 If she had knocked off starchy foods and done Swedish exercises for a bit, she might have been quite tolerable. P. G. ...
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I’m confused by how the term “syntactic marker” is used in CGEL

In the proverbial 25 words or less, a marker is a chunk of articulated sound that indicates a particular kind of grammatical function but is otherwise devoid of meaning. For example: -ed is the past ...
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How to parse and punctuate the saying: "United we stand, divided we fall."

Yes; one might well expect the punctuation to be United, we stand; divided, we fall. But usage trumps normal conventions, and the rendering is almost always United we stand, divided we fall. '...
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I’m confused by how the term “syntactic marker” is used in CGEL

Syntactic markers are serial graphemic elements that indicate syntactic features. These features create coherence within phrases and between words or word groups on the clause level. Syntactic ...
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Can the verb 'last' ever be ditransitive?

The verb last is intransitive The answer is that no, the verb last is not ditransitive: just because you see two noun phrases following the verb, this does ɴᴏᴛ mean that both of them must be core ...
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