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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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a guard of honor march to -- is "march" a verb?

A guard of honour, according to yourdictionary, is: A group of people (especially military), arranged in one or more rows, at a ceremony to honour, or a visit by, an important person. It is not ...
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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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voting public -- is "public" an adjective?

"public" is a noun = "the general population" "voting" "is a present participle used as an adjective" (per StoneyB) = "the portion that is both eligible to vote and bothers to vote" "Québec's voting ...
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'otherwise' vs 'or else'

Yes, they're synonyms. Or else is two words, so it’s not a part of speech. Or is a conjunction, which introduces a coordinate phrase or clause, meaning that the next phrase/clause is an alternative to ...
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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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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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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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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 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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what's the part of speech of "nothing but"?

Nothing but is not a part of speech. Nothing is a pronoun meaning "no thing". But is a preposition meaning "except", and taking fog as its object; the preposition phrase but fog modifies nothing. ...
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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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"How long was spent on the job?" - a grammatical parse of its subject

(Native American English speaker here.) Question #1 Yes, though it looks weird to me about 10% of the time. A little priming can overcome the weirdness: "How much was spent on the job?" &...
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Is "shopping" a noun, verb or a gerund?

It can be all three. Verb in participle form: I am shopping. Gerund: Shopping is fun. Noun: I finished the shopping an hour ago.
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'succeed' and part of speech

Succeed is an intransitive verb: it does not take an object. Its subject is companies. Horses run. Men breathe. Companies succeed. These are all complete sentences. In this sentence succeed ...
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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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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 even a preposition/conjunction?

The definition of adverb from Webster's College (1) and Collins (2; quoted from definition 1a), via thefreedictionary.com: a member of a class of words functioning as modifiers of verbs, ...

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