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I asked:

1. try your best --> 'best' here is a noun.
2. try your level best--> 'best' here is an adjective. (try your level which is best)

Am I right?

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Rover_KE replied:

IMO, 'best' is still a noun in #2.
Also: your very best — level and best being adjectives.

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I asked:

Why not 'level and very are adjectives'?

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Rover_KE replied:

That would work, but rephrasing and punctuation would need to be changed.

'You can also say "your very best". "Level" and "very" are adjectives in this context.'

My first version was shorter.

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I asked:

Thank you. But I don't understand why the following isn't correct. I think
this sentence is grammatical, isn't it? (A dash can be followed by a
sentence.)

Also: your very best — level and very are adjectives.

Or did Rover_KE just want a phrase rather than a sentence?

Did Rover_KE's phrase mean the following?

... level and very (which are) being adjectives.

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Originally from https://goo.gl/Qb72Lt

Why do I post it here again? Because it didn't get answered.

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kadioguy your very best — level and best being adjectives.

'Being' just heads a non-finite clause complementing 'level' and 'best'.

My brother, being an airline pilot, is away from home most of the time.

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kadioguyWhy do I post it here again? Because it didn't get answered.

What is your question? You should have kept to your original thread.

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Hi Mister Micawber,

I haven't seen you for a long time. Emotion: smile

My question is:

Also: your very best — 'level' and 'best' being adjectives. (Rover_KE said)

Can I say the following?

Also: your very best — 'level' and 'very' are adjectives.

I think my sentence is grammatical, isn't it? (A dash can be followed by a
sentence.)

Or did Rover_KE just want a phrase rather than a sentence?

Did Rover_KE's phrase mean the following?

... level and very (which are) being adjectives.

kadioguyAlso: your very best — 'level' and 'best' being adjectives. (Rover_KE said)Can I say the following?Also: your very best — 'level' and 'very' are adjectives.

Yes.

kadioguy think my sentence is grammatical, isn't it? (A dash can be followed by asentence.)

Yes.

kadioguyOr did Rover_KE just want a phrase rather than a sentence?

He just chose a different way to express the same thing.

kadioguyDid Rover_KE's phrase mean the following?... level and very (which are) being adjectives.

No, you cannot interpolate a non-grammatical structure. No such ellipsis exists there.

But I don't understand why there is a 'being' there. Is it reduced from something? Could you tell me its grammar point?

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Mister Micawber'Being' just heads a non-finite clause complementing 'level' and 'best'.

Thank you. The final question:

Which does 'head' here mean?

a. to be in charge of a team, government, organization etc

b. to be at the top of a list or group of people or things

(PS If I ask a question about your responses, please don't get offended. That just results from the fact that my English is not good. I'm the one to blame, not you. Emotion: smile)

kadioguyWhich does 'head' here mean?a. to be in charge of a team, government, organization etcb. to be at the top of a list or group of people or things

Well, it obviously does not refer to either of those, since I am talking about English clauses. Please do some more research about grammar terms.

kadioguyplease don't get offended. That just results from the fact that my English is not good.

I am not offended at all. All I deal with here is learners whose English is not good.

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Mister MicawberWell, it obviously does not refer to either of those, since I am talking about English clauses. Please do some more research about grammar terms.

Sorry, I should have explained it clearer. I meant the following:

https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/head

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