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A strange usage of 'of'

The word “language-game” is used here to emphasize the fact that the speaking of language is part of an activity, or of a form of life. The right understanding of the construction 'the speaking of ...
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I can't understand the last line. What does the speaker want to say?

Graphic designers use a variety of design element to achieve artistic or decorative effects in print or electronic mediums to help determine the message, and the design should convey. Shouldn't it be: ...
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Is "in addition" a sentence connector or a conjunction

"The weather here is terrible. In spite of heavy rain, we've had gale force winds. Until the bad weather, we're doing a lot of walking.Yesterday was typical. When we got up it was wet — of course ...
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"Relative pronoun and Conjunction"

What are the basic difference between Relative pronoun and conjunction
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Is "poor" in "he was born poor" and adverb or an adjective?

Is "poor" in "he was born poor" an adverb or an adjective? And could the answer be related to the answer to this question? "I was born in 1961" is ‘born’ past participle ...
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What part of speech is "her" and "drive" in "I watched her drive."?

Would "her" be the direct object of the transitive verb, "watched"? Or would the verb phrase itself act as the direct object?
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Meaning of 'As opposition to'

What's the meaning of 'as opposition to' and what part of speech is 'as' in these following sentences ? Zelenskyy visits Washington as opposition to Ukraine aid grows. Some homeowners (were) ...
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What do you call noun phrases used as adverbs?

I never met him in person These countries were at war in the 19th century you don't have to use third-party websites, you can find this info in game, this boiler provides hot water on demand English ...
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Gerund POS classification [duplicate]

Following up on my previous question I am trying to find the proper parts of speech (POS) Tag for "Hiking interest rates" and "Cutting interest rates" in the context of the ...
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What part of speech is an “-ing” form at the very beginning of a sentence?

I have been reading this paper and the following sentence is quite confusing to me: Hiking interest rates to get inflation under control when unemployment is rising could push unemployment even ...
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"Born"— Adjective or Verb in this context?

Her brother was born blind. In this context,"Born" is an Adjective or verb? Webster defines it as "Adjective" while OALD defines it as "Verb".
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What is the part of speech?

In the sentence 'the boy is ten years old,' I can't understand why years is a noun. I can see ten years old as modifying boy, so it's an adjective. Individually, ten modifies years and years modifies ...
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Why is it a noun phrase and not an adjective phrase? or is it both?

In the sentences "The boy is ten years old" and "the boy is happy". "Ten years old" is a noun phrase, and "happy" is an adjective? why isn't Ten years old an ...
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Any difference between "walking slow" and "walking slowly"?

Is there a difference between these two versions? He walks so slow. He walks so slowly
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Is "so" omissible in "so their makers claim"?

"The Painting Fool" is one of a growing number of computer programs which, so their makers claim, possess creative talents" Is "so" omissable in this context? If not, what ...
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What is the part of speech for 'forecast'

What is the part of speech for 'forecast' in the following sentence? I think it's 'noun', however, my friend said it's a verb. Sales at department stores during this back to school season are ...
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Is 'much' adverb in 'half as much again as what Wall Street was predicting'?

From The Economist: On May 24th Nvidia, which designs the semiconductors of choice for many ai servers, beat analysts’ revenue and profit forecasts for the three months to April and said it expected ...
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What parts of speech are the verbs "[She] was lying …, listening to … reading a story" and their function? [closed]

Allice was lying under a tree listening to his sister reading a story. What is the parts of speech of lying, listening and reading and their function?
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I can rest easy knowing that she’s safely home. (easy is a complement or an adverb?)

I can rest easy knowing that she’s safely home. What's the part of speech of 'easy' in the sentence above?
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part of speech of 'total' in "...inhabit as little as one to two million acres total."

This is from a news article : Before 1800, as many as five billion prairie dogs lived throughout the Great Plains in colonies that collectively spanned more than 100 million acres. Today, by some ...
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Can plural adjectives use as a noun? ("Beautifuls are coming")

Can I use some adjectives in plural form as a noun? Example story: Two boys are talking about beautiful girls in school. And those girls are going to come and ask some questions. In this story, the ...
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What part of speech is more important?

In my language "Farsi", "Verb" is the most essential thing in a sentence. The thing is it can be a sentence without anything else like: "رَفت /verb/" means He/She/It went....
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"<Long> a proponent of government health insurance, he pointed out that millions of Americans have no health insurance at all."

cambridge.org: (1) Long a proponent of government health insurance, he pointed out that millions of Americans have no health insurance at all. I can't understand the grammar of using "long" ...
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What is the role of "in the first inning" lexically?

In the first inning he pitched with great control. In the first inning, I think describe the whole sentence, but It might modify the verb pitched, What function the phrase has in the sentence??
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"Nor" used to join two independent clause, but some says it can also join other elements

I haven’t seen nor heard from Mike in days. I know:- "nor" is used to join two independent clauses, but like above sentence can be used to join two elements that are not independent clauses.
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"get the answer right" what's the part of speech of 'right' here?

Eventually, nearly everyone in the class gets the answer right, and the concepts stick with them because they had to find their own way to the answer. "gets the answer right" what's the ...
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What does [M] mean in cambridge dictionary Labels & Codes?

A Cambridge page put an [M] in front of the sentence The previous owner ripped out the fireplace. I went through the Cambridge Labels & Codes page, didn't find the explanation of it. Could ...
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Can the word 'that' be a preposition?

Here are some example sentences: The problem is that you are lazy. The obvious disadvantage of this approach is that you have to know LaTeX. In these sentences what part of speech is the word 'that'...
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Here, "married" is a "verb" or "adjective"?

She is married to an Englishman. I wants to know its lexical categories?(Whether a verb or adjective )
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Knowing what grammar is used [closed]

Starting a position in a company that I had no real background in Is this a correct sentence? Could somebody help me extract the grammar out of it like what is the noun here, adjective, adverb, verb, ...
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Part of speech of 'thanks'

I was reading , and saw this sentence, 'Homo sapiens conquered the world thanks to above all to its unique language.' For sure, I understand what 'thanks' means here, but I wonder as what part of ...
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Are ‘up’ and ‘down’ prepositions or adverbs in "walk up" and "fall down"?

What's the function of "up" and "down" in mentioned examples? We walked up the hill to the house. Be careful, don't fall down the stair. Preposition or adverb?
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Why, in one simple sentence, there are two verbs?

Jerry kicked the door open. 1st verb-kick 2nd verb-open Why there are two verbs?
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Which part of speech the word "all" belongs to? (in this context ), What's the use of this(all) in this context?

Then it made all the sense in the world. All the sense implies (I think) - complete sense(but not sure...)
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He was bawling his eyes out. (his eyes are complement or object?)

He was bawling his eyes out. I think if someone says 'He was bawling', this makes sense. But in which way, was he bawling? Making his eyes out? If I am correct, I would like to regard 'his eyes out' ...
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What part of speech is this 'as'?

This is from a news article : Airbus likes to unveil major jet orders at the air show held every other year in its home country. Airbus is one of France’s — and Europe’s — biggest companies, and its ...
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Preposition "of" used after noun/pronoun in the middle of a sentence

Would the use of the preposition "of" in the middle of the following sentence (I imagine I'm using the passive voice for emphasis) be acceptable? That's the only way you know X (of) because ...
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What is the part of speech of "both" in "We ate both sandwiches"?

In the following sentence, I think both is a pronoun, serving as an appositive to we. We ate both sandwiches. What is the part of speech of both in that sentence?
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How do you find a word that derives or is derived from a given word with a different part of speech?

How do you find a word that derives or is derived from a given word with a different part of speech? Any book or website? For example, penitent is the adjective of noun penitence with the derivative ...
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Can I stay up late tonight? ('up' is adjective or adverb?)

Can I stay up late tonight? We say, "Stay cool, Stay calm, Stay silent". After 'stay' come adjectives. What's the part of speech in case of 'stay up late' like in the sentence above?
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She will be up at night studying. (studying is gerund or present participle?)

She will be up at night studying. Should I understand the sentence above like "She will be up studying at night." or should I understand that like "She will be up for night studying....
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Is was shocked adj or passive voice.?

Is was shocked adj or passive voice.? As she was shocked by the sad news,she didn't know what to do next. I really confused was shocked in this sentence is whether adj or passive voice.
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What does "the point being" mean in this sentence?

I watched a Selena Gomez speech (https://youtu.be/jG-4kBIDAzA?t=120). At 2:00, she said this below. When I was eleven, the point being is that when I was seven, I wanted to be an actress and I wanted ...
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Is 'skeptical' an adverbial accusative in this sentence?

I understand 'good' is an adverb meaning 'well' in this example sentence of 'start out' in the Merriam-Webster dictionary : The story started out good, but I didn't like the ending. But I think '...
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She declared herself extremely hurt by his lack of support. (hurt is an adjective or past participle?)

She declared herself extremely hurt by his lack of support. 'hurt' is used as a verb, adjective, or even as a noun What's the part of speech?
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For decades, the logo had been white lettering on a blue square, with a classic feel [closed]

For decades, the logo had been white lettering on a blue square, with a classic feel. What are the parts of speech of 'white' and 'lettering'? Is this a progressive sentence?
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part of speech of 'hardest' here

This is from a webpage : According to Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is trying your hardest even if you know you have no chance of succeeding, making the right choice despite the ...
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What is the part of speech of 'up' in the following sentence?

This is from a news article. Consumer prices were up 4.2 percent in March from a year earlier, according to the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, the Personal Consumption Expenditures index, the ...
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Best-selling books. Which part of speech is "best-selling" and why?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_books I was very confused and curious about why we use Active Voice instead of Passive Voice here. I mean, a book on its own can barely sell anything!...
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What part of speech is "free" in "Free was the best deal I could get"?

Free was the best deal I could get. A subject should be a noun, but free is an adjective, which confuses me. If this sentence is correct and natural, then I have two guesses: First, there is an ...
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