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Distributional Properties Of Gerunds?

Hello teachers, I've been reading about gerunds and their distributional properties here - [link] Would you kindly tell me what the rules (7) and (8) say on page  #328?  Thanks...

Hello,Could You Help Me Please?

Hello,Could you help me please? I wonder whether echo question is a type of initiator in other-initiated self-repair type? Thank you.

What Components Does A Language Typically...

Hi, Take English for example. Is it possible to "decompose" the English language into parts (in layman terms of course, please!)? Does the following trivial "scheme" make sense...

Function Of Prepositional Phrases?

Dear teachers, I have problems analysing prepositional phrases . I don't know when they should be part of the complement, and when they should be considered as a separate element...

Langue And Parole?

well, i'm facing a confusion in distinguishing the difference between Langue and Parole,in theoritical sense i have no problem but but i relates to a real example ther is the...

Linguistics?

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A Kind Request To Native Speakers Of English

Dear all, I study Psycholinguistics and I am preparing materials for my MA research project. In order to make sure that the stimuli I have collected so far are fine, I need...

"Sillification" Of The English Language

I came up with the term "sillification" to describe a what I perceive as a recent phenomenon in American English among young people. I'm curious to know what others think about...

Inferior Dialects?

Do you agree with this comment? "Regional dialects are structurally or expressively inferior to the standard language." Thanks for your time.

English Interrogatives?

I am looking for an academic research which addresses the English questions (yes-no and wh-questions) syntactically?

"Go Ahead And" ...

I don't like to condemn new usages, and there's little point ranting about pet peeves, BUT... does anyone else hate the pointless use of go ahead and... ? It seems to occur...

English Grammar From 1755

English has changed and so have grammatical terms. Even today grammarians may use varying terminology to refer to the same linguistic structures. Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary...

"Informal" But "Standard"

What does it mean to say that something is "informal" but "standard"?

Evolution Of English.

I'm doing a research project about english slang and its evolution through time. I was wondering what do you think about it. Do you think slang is necessary for a language to...

Verbs

what does analyse the verb type and argument structure of the main clause(s) mean please? eg for this sentence of the book was not returned to the library by the teacher...

Between Ourselves?

What do you think of the "confidentiality" usage of the reflexive pronoun? 'Between ourselves, I hear she is going to get fired.' Isn't there supposed to be an overt antecedent...

Pronunciation Of The Word Copthall?

I was hoping could clarify this for me. I pronounce it "Copt-hall" whereas my colleagues call it "Cop-thall", i think the latter just doesn't sound right. i hope i have posted...

What Are The Students' Difficulties?

What are the students' difficulties with (wish+ past simple ) in meaning and phonology

Should Have Done - What Is The Name Of...

It occurred to me yesterday that I have forgotten what it is called. Something with "perfect", I guess.

Monadic Verbs?

I have just recently come across the concept "monadic verb" and I don't really understand the meaning of it. If anyone can be kind enough to explain its menaing to me, with added...

BBC Using Country Nouns As Adjectives

Why is the BBC website using nouns instesd of adjectives in it's headlines. For example "Itay woman discovered..." and "Chile men found..." instead of italian and chilean?

Bisyllable Or Disyllable?

I know that a word formed with one syllable is called monosyllable; however, I couldn't find what a word formed with two syllables or there syllables is called in a dictionary...

Test Your Vocabulary

A Finnish translator of movies was asked to take this vocabulary test. [link]/ I don't remember the exact result but it was between 16,000 and 17,000 words. I thought that was...

Pronunciation "Primer".

When referring to a child's introductory textbook, how would you pronounce "primer"? PRIH-mer PRIME-er

Pronoun Agreement: "They" With "Anybody...

A few commenters have told me that the pronoun agreement is incorrect here, but I disagree. What do you say? He would never be nasty to anybody until they stepped over the line...
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