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A construction is an established 'template' for combining words.

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Why are lakes called "Lake Soandso" but seas are called "Soandso Sea"?

I am an English teacher for Brazilians. I was explaining the Great Lakes, and after that I mentioned the sea in Europe and noticed that the names were in a reversed order: Which of the great lakes ...
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When to use infinitive and when to use present participle of a same word?

When to use infinitive and when to use present participle of a same word? I like to play cricket. To play cricket is fun. I love playing cricket.
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Is the "the ... the ..." construction governed by some grammatical rule?

a) The more I study, the less I learn. b) More I study, less I learn. Could we rewrite the sentence shown under the letter a) in the form shown under the letter b) without breaking any grammatical ...
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Usage of phrase like "The friend of mine"

Referring to a friend like: "the friend of mine" is a common way. But what about referring to something else, like car, fork or plant i.e. the something of mine? Is there any restriction of using ...
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Did not! - Did too!

I often hear the "Did not! - Did too!" in TV series and films. I know perfectly well what it means but why is it the word "too"? As best as we know "too" stands instead of "indeed/so" and ...
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"As for to" in comparison to "as for" or "as to"

I often ask myself: if the preposition can be placed before the verb and not after it, will the construction "as for to" be grammatically correct in comparison to "as for" or "as to"? As for to where ...
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