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By Geoffrey Leech

This alphabetical advisor essentially defines regular grammatical phrases and exhibits how they're used, encompassing versions as present in Huddleston and Pullum's Cambridge Grammar of the English Language.

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The head of an adjective phrase is an adjective. The head of an adverb phrase is an adverb. The head of a phrase is an obligatory element, and other words, phrases or clauses are optionally added to it to qualify its meaning. These optional elements are called modifiers. For example, in (friendly) places (to stay), (extremely) tall and (more) often (than I expected), the parts in parentheses are modifiers, and those in bold are the heads of their phrases. ) historic present The use of the present tense in referring to past time, for example: At that moment in comes a message from the Head Office, telling me the boss wants to see me in a hurry.

She’s arrived. They’re here. We’ve finished. John’s left. It’ll be all right. contrast, clause of see concessive clause conversion The derivational process of converting a word from one word class to another. For example, text is primarily a noun, but it can nowadays be used as a verb text, texting and so on, in the context of text messaging. coordinate clause see compound sentence; coordination coordinating conjunction, coordinator One of the words and, or, but and (sometimes) nor. See conjunction; coordination.

Many adjectives are gradable, and so are some adverbs and determiners (for example, often, easily, many, much). Sometimes the same word may be gradable in one context but not in another. For example, human in a human being or human history is non-gradable. But we can say of a dog 50 A GLOSSARY OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR that its behaviour is very human, meaning that it behaves very much like a human being. grammatical concord grammatical words group genitive see notional concord see function words; compare lexical words.

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