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Facebook has made a difference in the English language: "Like" now could be an action verb besides(apart from) being a verb expressing a state of mind.

If you got what I'm trying to say, then is it the best way to put the sentence after the colon? It took me some effort for me at first to construct this sentence, and it looked strange to me in the beginning. Now it still does.

  • When wasn't like an action verb? Do you like this comment? :) – Maulik V Nov 29 '14 at 10:05
  • like was used to be only a verb expression state of mind. Let's assume what i said is true and then see what the best way to put it is. – pxc3110 Nov 29 '14 at 10:35
  • @MaulikV Like is typically (but not exclusively) a stative verb. – snailcar Nov 29 '14 at 11:26
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    @Nigel - Perhaps that's true, but, when a certain domain (such as the "Facebook universe") becomes big enough, there can a perceptable change in how the public at large uses a word. If Facebook stays around long enough, sooner or later, a dictionary is bound to add a new definition under its entry for like, perhaps with a qualifier like [social media]. Moreover, sometimes there is value in defining what a word "means" – even in a particular "universe". – J.R. Nov 30 '14 at 10:49
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking for writing advice, which is largely opinion based. – user6951 Feb 27 '15 at 13:46
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How about:

Facebook has made a difference in the English language: "Like" now can be an action verb as well as being a verb expressing a state of mind.

  • I have two questions:1) what if I remove the "being" in your answer? 2)Why do you use can instead of could? – pxc3110 Nov 29 '14 at 11:06
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    Maybe I was a bit hasty in answering this question, because I am not going to be able justify my answers to your questions using grammatical terms, but here goes: 1) Without the "being" the sentence construction suggests that "Like" can be both types of verbs at the same time. 2) I used "can" instead of "could" because "could" is conditional and needs to be paired with something like "or". For example ""Like" now could be an action verb or it could be a verb expressing a state of mind." However that removes the idea that a "verb expressing a state of mind " was the original meaning. – JoAnne Nov 29 '14 at 11:23
  • Could and can often cause confusion because they each have multiple meanings and one use of could is to convey the past tense meaning of can (no longer able). JoAnne's change is required to remove the potential ambiguity. – Jim Reynolds Dec 1 '14 at 6:11

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