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in/at one fell swoop(=at one time) What's fell here?

"Fell" is an adjective and not related to the verbs "fell" or "fall" It means "strong and cruel". It is rare in this sense, except in the expression "one ...
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Is the word "like" a preposition or verb in "You made me like this."

Without context (or the pronunciation pattern), it's hard to tell. The sentence is ambiguous - it can very well be both. "You made me like this." with "like" as a verb would mean "You forced me/...
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What part of speech is "freezing" in this sentence: "He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse..."

It's an adjective, a more intense equivalent of "cold" and opposite to "hot" or "stifling".
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Is Vietnamese a noun or an adjective?

The ODO says Vietnamese ADJECTIVE Relating to Vietnam, its people, or their language. ‘He liked Asian people, Vietnamese people in particular, and their culture, considerably more than he ...
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What part of speech is "freezing" in this sentence: "He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse..."

Textbooks of English as a Second Language (ESL) call this an extreme adjective. Extreme adjectives are adjectives with three features: They have an extreme meaning of a regular adjective. "...
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The ambiguous "he is buried"

There is no ambiguity. In a present-tense narrative, it could be passive "He marries, he dies, he is buried" but in any other context, it is adjectival. He is buried is a copular sentence, where ...
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Parts of speech

Scotland Police Dogs Training Centre is what is known as a Noun Compound. English is full of noun compounds, which are formed by putting nouns together, in what seems like any order at all, to form ...
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What part of speech is "before" in the phrase "before we meet again"?

Traditionally, it's referred to as a "subordinating conjunction" because it introduces a subordinate clause. But in modern grammar, it's analyzed as a preposition that takes a clause rather than a ...
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Is "deep" an adverb in "They dug the well deep." or something else?

You can also understand that sentence like this: They dug the well (to be | so it was) deep. in which case deep is a characteristic of the well, not a manner of digging. Compare: They ate the ...
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Can plural adjectives use as a noun? ("Beautifuls are coming")

Your example with "Beautifuls" doesn't work unfortunately. No native English speaker would use it. ... but it is possible to use "the beautiful" as a noun (requires the definite ...
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What type of noun is Majesty?

By itself taken out of context, it’s an abstract noun because it’s referencing an abstract concept and not some physical object or entity. When used as a form of address, it is a proper noun in ...
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Is "wait" an exclamation in this context?

No it is not an exclamation but an order. According to EL&U - forming valid one word sentences: Interrogatives (who?), imperatives (stop), declaratives (me), locatives (here), and nominatives (...
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How to parse « the greatest jobs president »

It's an attributive noun. It makes "president" more specific: it's talking about a president that has something to do with "jobs". In this case, that means a president that encourages or creates job ...
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Is "closed" an adverb or adjective in "pinch your nose closed"?

The word closed is an adjective, describing the state of your nose after pinching. The structure is called resultative: Wikipedia "resulative" "In linguistics, a resultative (...
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What type of noun is Majesty?

The word "majesty" is an abstract noun. It means "the quality of being majestic". It's abstract because it refers to qualities of a person or thing. It is not a physical thing. The ...
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Why, in one simple sentence, there are two verbs?

In this case, open isn't a verb, it's an adjective. "The door is open" is like "the door is green", it's describing the state of the door, not an action. "Jerry kicked the ...
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I feel loved. What part of speech is 'loved' here?

A predicative Complement is a Complement of a verb that describes the Subject or Object of that verb. Bob is a doctor. Bob is happy. In the sentences above, the phrases a doctor and happy are ...
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What part of speech is "freezing" in this sentence: "He will not see again the freezing kitchenhouse..."

Wikipedia calls this a case of attributive verb, and more specifically a deverbal adjective: An attributive verb is a verb that modifies (expresses an attribute of) a noun in the manner of an ...
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Parts of speech

Scotland Police Dogs Training Centre In this phrase, 'Scotland' modifies 'Police,' 'Police' modifies 'Dogs,' 'Dogs' modifies 'Training,' and 'Training' modifies 'Centre.' 'Scotland,' 'Police,' and '...
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Is the word "like" a preposition or verb in "You made me like this."

“Like” can mean “resemble” or “enjoy”, so You made me like this has two possible meanings: (a) You made me into the person I am now, or (b) You made me enjoy something. For example: (a) We ...
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What is the function of "there" in the structure, "There is/are/..."?

There were fifteen cats and an eviction notice on Janet's front porch. This is an existential construction, where there is not an adverb but a dummy pronoun functioning as subject of the sentence. It'...
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Is "so" omissible in "so their makers claim"?

In this sentence "so" expresses scepticism. Omitting it would make this a simple statement that the makers make this claim. With "so" there is a definite implication that writer ...
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I want to know the what part of speech is this, the word 'fit' in this sentence

Fit to VERB in this case† is a construction with the approximate meaning "to the point of VERBing". "I cried fit to bust" means "I cried so hard I almost burst", and you might encountered this ...
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Using "A cold yesterday" as noun phrase

Yes, but that's not what's being done here. "Cold" here is used as a noun, referring to an illness where the person has a runny nose, watery eyes, and sneezes. So "Johnny had a cold" means that the ...
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Part of speech of 'nothing'

Nothing is as painful as what he went through. "Nothing" belongs solely to the word class (part of speech) determinative; more specifically it's a compound determinative. It functions as ...
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Part of speech of 'nothing'

Grammarians and lexicologists often differ on how they categorize words into "parts of speech", so you'll get different answers to this question. (In fact, you already have!) If you'd like ...
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He had to have his appendix out. (parts of speech of 'out')

'Out' is of course an adverb of direction - but in this particular context it is an idiomatic shortening of the phrasal verb to take [something] out. He had his appendix taken out. Further, the ...
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Can plural adjectives use as a noun? ("Beautifuls are coming")

Yes, English speakers sometimes treat adjectives as if they were nouns with plural forms. (See "nominalization".) For example, the adjective "deliverable" is often used that way (&...
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What part of speech is an “-ing” form at the very beginning of a sentence?

My question is, whether "Hiking" and "Cutting" are verbs, or a gerunds? All gerunds are a subcategory of verb functions/forms, so the choice cannot be between gerund and verb, but ...
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