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by dante
Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: copious
Replies: 2
Views: 2031

copious

Hi Wizards, Hope everyone's fine and life is treating you well guys. Time for me to write a post on WW after a pause. The etimology of words is not something I generally pay much attention to, but it struck me as odd anyway that in the etimology of the word "copious" in every of the many dictionarie...
by dante
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)
Replies: 39
Views: 11290

Re: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)

On the second thought, I'd also say that "unhindered" has a verb sense which clearly separates it from the "edly" adverbial variants. I'd say that "hindered" is a bare passive clause functioning as a catenative complement in that sentence. Thank you for correcting my mistake. The trouble is that dif...
by dante
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)
Replies: 39
Views: 11290

Re: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)

A separate problem would be the use of -ed verbs in a similar manner, as in the sentence you helped me with in the other thread: The political dialogue between the two countries has been developing unhindered/unimpeded . The same as with the dilemma -ing or -ingly here we have alternatives -ed and -...
by dante
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: without disturbance(s)
Replies: 5
Views: 3822

Re: without disturbance(s)

Thank you very much guys.
by dante
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:35 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: without disturbance(s)
Replies: 5
Views: 3822

Re: without disturbance(s)

Thank you for the elaborate explanation Erik, I thought something was wrong with "without disturbances" in this context. The meaning I was looking for had to express the fact that there weren't any administrative or political impediments in the process of negotiating.
by dante
Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)
Replies: 39
Views: 11290

Re: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)

With the exception of a few of these "ingly" adverbs, such as seemingly, confusingly, interestingly and several others, most of them sound too "heavy" to me. It was the more surprising to me that I got quite a lot of hits on Google for each of the words I mentioned, even "burningly" which feels the ...
by dante
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: without disturbance(s)
Replies: 5
Views: 3822

without disturbance(s)

Translating a document from Serbian to English I was stuck for the right word, and used "without disturbances", the only phrase that seemed to match the meaning in Serbian, in the following sentence: "The political dialogue between the two countries has been developing without disturbances, and in a...
by dante
Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)
Replies: 39
Views: 11290

Re: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)

This modification of adjectives by an -ing words is really interesting. Some -ing words commonly used as epithets can also modify another epithet, while others require adverbial morpheme -ly added to it to perform the same function. So we can say: burning/scorching hot, gleaming/shining white, freez...
by dante
Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:52 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)
Replies: 39
Views: 11290

Re: adjuncts: modifiers and supplements (as per CGEL)

It's not helpful to think about "adjectives making adjuncts modifying verbs". Part of speech is governed by use in constructions, not the other way around. You'll guess I disagree with this Edwin :) Following this principle that a particular use of words solely determines the part of speech would l...
by dante
Wed Jan 30, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: hurt and kill
Replies: 5
Views: 641

Re: hurt and kill

To add one of the many dissenting views on the claim from the original adage you quoted Erik: "What doesn't kill you will damage you mentally and momentarily" :) :)
by dante
Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 4431

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

Your first link claims wrongly that 'prepositions can typically function as complements of be':....It's the prepositional phrases that 'can typically function as complements of be' (eg to the east not to; at the conference / school not at). I don't think the author is wrong there at all, prepositio...
by dante
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 4431

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

The link address fixed Edwin, you should be able to open it now. I agree that "home" and similar directional or locative prepositions that do not take complements are a bit peripheral to the category, but still there is no convincing reasons to exclude them from this category. They obviously share o...
by dante
Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 4431

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

Yes Edwin, I've noticed a few of them on the internet in the meantime :) Brett Reynolds from English, Jack website gives a nice and simple survey of the main properties that distinguish the class of prepositions from other word classes http://www.teslontario.ca/conference08/Prepositions.pdf One of t...
by dante
Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 4431

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

I'll repeat that "fake" feels like a genuine adjective (genuine as opposed to fake) to me. In your post from a year ago you gave a nice analysis of different semantic classes of adjectives http://www.wordwizard.com/phpbb3/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=23523 At http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=me11 ... &q&f=...
by dante
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions
Replies: 35
Views: 4431

Re: copulas and locatives; particles and intransitive prepositions

Various uses of prepositions range on a scale from those where a preposition has a full semantic content to those uses where the preposition cannot be said to have any meaningful interpretation in the context. The prepositions used as part of idiomatic combinations with verbs most often do not have ...