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Questions tagged [semantic-roles]

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Should vs. Shouldn't

They believe this. Should they? Shouldn't they? Do the both replies mean the same?
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“should They?” or “should they be?”?

They believe this. Should they? They are taken as believing this. Should they? While (1) sounds fine, something seems to be off with (2). Shouldn't it be "should they be?" in (2)? Is "...
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Structure of “need something back”

What is the structure of the following sentence? I need my history book back. What is the grammatical role of the word "back"?
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What is the grammatical role of the word “either” in the following sentence?

What is the grammatical role of "either" in the following sentence: Nevertheless, a goal is seldom destroyed by a delay, so don't destroy your positive attitude, either.
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There has been vs There had been

How and where should we use "There has been" and "There had been"? For example, I cannot recognize the semantic difference between the two following sentences: There had been such a fortunate ...
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Is this correct?- He is still working here for the last 3 years

Is the below sentence correct? He is still working here for the last 3 years. Without a second thought, I typed in an important form as below- He has been & still working here for the last ...
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Word order of agents [closed]

In these sentences: Millions of pounds are spent every year by the government. Millions of pounds are spent by the government every year. I am wondering which one is correct. Then, ...
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Is it syntactically and semantically correct to say “Too many open windows.”

As a response to a complaint about the coldness of a room if we reply with saying "Too many open windows." will it be syntactically and semantically correct? Or do we need to say "Too many opened ...
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Connotation behind “forking possibilites”

"Every time you make a choice, a decision, the reality forks off into a new possibility. " - The OA What would you imagine under those words? Does "forking" connote rather with the process of [a ...
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What does “jerk awake to dwell on something” mean?

Harry dozed fitfully, sinking into dreams full of clammy, rotted hands and petrified pleading, jerking awake to dwell again on his mother's voice. Harry potter and the prisoner of Azkaban Harry ...
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What's the role and meaning of “of” in “It happened in a flash of steely talons”?

It happened in a flash of steely talons; Malfoy let out a high pitched scream and next moment, Hagrid was wrestling Buckbeak (A magical creature which has talons) back into his collar as he strained ...
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What is the phrase “its articulation” connected to?

This constitutive element of the modern world (man, as the producer of rational hypotheses) and (1) its articulation with (2) the ideology of techno-scientific progress and (3) the development of the ...
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What's the role and meaning of “how” here?

"What are you talking about?" said Harry. "The diary," said Riddle. "My diary. Little Ginny's been writing in it for months and months, telling me all her pitiful worries and woes - how her ...
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the computer demonstrated the app?

Does "The computer demonstrated the app" sound wrong or otherwise unnatural? If so, why? I'd think the sentence describes an automatic process whereby the computer was programmed to demonstrate the ...
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What is the role of “too much” here?

Harry swallowed. Mr. Ollivander : "I think we must expect great things from you, Mr. Potter... After all, he-who-must-not-be-named did great things - terrible, yes, but great." Harry ...
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Semantic differences between “As fast as light” and “as fast as the light”

Is there any semantic difference between these sentences? Does the article makes any difference? As fast as light can go and, As fast as the light can go
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“It” as a pronoun for event

By definition, the word "it" is used in placed of a thing or situation mentioned beforehand. My questions is - can "it" serve as the pronoun for an event such as birthday party, award ceremony or ...
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What is the subject in the sentence “Rice is being cooked by Mary”?

I know it's a very basic question, and I've looked up the definition of "subject." This very question was asked within a linguistic course that I am taking, the answer to which is apparently rice (see ...
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Difference in meaning of adjectives ended with -ed and -ing?

English has two kinds of participial adjectives: ending in -ed: I am disappointed. ending in -ing: It's disappointing. They seem to mean different things. How I can explain the difference ...
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if you don't forget all about her — does “all” mean “everything” or “forget completely”?

Example with a context (YouTube link): I drove slowly back to the office. The telephone was ringing when I arrived at the office. I went in quickly and answered it. "Samuel speaking." "Listen, ...