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Questions on the usage of English during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). Nowadays most often encountered in the works of William Shakespeare.
(Also "emphatic pronouns") For questions about pronouns that end in -self or -selves that refer back to subject nouns or pronouns in order to emphasize them. For example, The King himself will sing a …
Use it for questions asking about assimilation. Assimilation is a process which makes nearby sounds similar to each other, for instance, 'what you' being pronounced 'whatcha' etc.
A conjunction, preposition, phrase, or clause describing a state of affairs that might have been expected to rule out what is described in the main clause but in fact does not: "Although" in the sente…
For questions about all verb types except auxiliary verbs. Lexical verbs are "content" verbs, expressing a state, action, etc. while auxiliary verbs are "function" verbs, adding grammatical or functio…
For questions about nouns that denote something material or tangible, for example "shoe". The opposite of a concrete noun is an abstract noun.
For questions about the substitution of a word referring to an attribute for the thing that is meant, as for example the use of "the crown" to refer to a monarch. Compare synecdoche.
A False Friend, also know as False Cognate, is a word that, in one language, sounds (and may even be spelled) the same as a word from another language, but actually has a different meaning.
A word or phrase of farewell used to end a letter or message
A figure of speech used for direct comparison, and may include phrases like "as", "as...as" or "like".
For questions about dropping a subject pronoun in informal speech. Sometimes called "conversational deletion" or "dairy drop" because it is often used when writing diaries. For example, "Haven't heard…
For questions about phrases or clauses acting as a sentence even though they are not grammatically complete or independent. For example, "Superman to the rescue!" or "The more often, the better."
(Also called the Impersonal Passive) for questions about passive reporting verbs such as: ‘said’, ‘believe’, ‘claimed’, ‘hoped’, ‘thought’, etc.
For questions relating to domain specific words that are not used outside of a narrow field, industry, or context.
Diacritical marks are glyphs added to a letter, present in many languages, that have different uses.
Verbs of motion whose meaning is relative to the speaker or listener in a given context: 'come' and 'go' as well as their causative counterparts 'bring' and 'take'. Seemingly simple but quite complex,…
For grammatical features that are normal in obituaries, but not normal in other kinds of speech or writing. Obituaries are brief formal biographies of people who have recently died.
For questions about pronouncing words with a type of sound created by blocking airflow in the vocal tract. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨ʔ⟩
For questions about the situation where elements in a sentence that have been moved closer to the beginning of the sentence than they would normally appear. For example, "confused I am" in "She said I…
Prosody is the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech.
An impersonal verb is a verb used only with a formal subject, and expressing an action that is not attributed to a specific subject.
For questions about adjectives used to denote a class by describing some attribute of the class, such as "the wealthy" or "the British". Superlative and comparative forms can also be nominal adjective…