Questions tagged [word-class]

The 'word classes' or 'parts of speech' are the categories to which words are traditionally assigned: noun, pronoun, verb, article, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction and expletive are the older classes; today 'determiner' usually replaces 'article'.

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Why does the prefix "super-" change the word class of the noun "strength", while the adjective "superstrong" exists?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, super- is a prefix meaning either "bigger, better, or more important than others of the same kind" or "superior in position or rank." ...
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How does the phrase "to fall sway to [something]" work synctactically?

I was reading an article and came across that phrase referring to a writer who "fell sway to influences." I understood what it was saying (give way to, fall prey to, etc.), especially after ...
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What is 'crying' in 'She saw him crying.'

I am going through 'Infinitives' and 'Gerunds' on my own with the help of a grammar book written for Hindi speakers. The book focuses on common errors commited by Indian English-Speakers. There was an ...
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Abstract noun classification

Concrete nouns refer to material objects which we can see or touch. Abstract nouns refer to things which are not material objects, such as ideas, feelings and situations. https://dictionary.cambridge....
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Categories of abstract noun

What are the categories or types of abstract nouns? Or Are there categories or types of abstract nouns? I think some categories are probably action noun or action, emotion, idea, condition, state or ...
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How is an academic course structured in its content (USA)?

I don’t even know if “course” is the better word choice in the title of this question. Those things may be obvious for Americans, but it’s tricky to understand the elements of the academic life in a ...
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to-less infinitive or noun

Is the word "wonder" a noun or to-less infinitive here? What kind of a clause is "why Simpson wasn't immediately arrested in that incident". The transcript makes one wonder why Simpson wasn't ...
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Known - Adjective or Verb?

I know that "known" can be used as an adjective or a verb (past participle of know) but I'm not sure what word class it is in the following sentences. A place known for its beautiful scenery. She is ...
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Is "all" a determinative here?

This all started in 1965. Is 'all' a determinative here or an adverb?
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What's the grammatical structure of "All is number" by Pythagoras

I heard Pythagoras's this saying in Korean several times before but I didn't know actual English sentence was "All is number". Does this 'All' used as a noun? (but some dictionaries don't list noun ...
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Usage of apostrophe within the words to distinguish substantives from verbs

Consider the following statements: There has been a 10% decrease in the value. The value may decrease 10% next month. In the first sentence, decrease is a substantive while it's a verb in the second ...
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May "garden" be used as a verb?

When my hobby is gardening, what I'm doing in the free time? Can I say: "I will garden tomorrow." or perhaps: "I'm going to garden some roses." Or can I ask someone how to garden tomatoes?
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