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This accomplished consultant to written and spoken English bargains info of utilization in all nations the place English used. The writer's, speaker's and reader's convenient spouse; the student's resource. A e-book for shopping, for ideas and for reference.

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Let colour go to your head. and by poets. Hopkins plays on the NP+NP ambiguity in: Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee Alliteration links ‘carrion’ and ‘comfort’ and the various possible meanings are exploited: comfort composed of carrion, comfort for carrion, comfort that lives in carrion, comfort that is carrion and comfort that produces carrion. In literature, such ambiguity extends the range of references, adding to the complexity of the work. See: pun, syllepsis. America(n) The word America is used in two distinct ways: 1 to refer to the New World, including North, Central and South America 2 to refer to the United States of America, the USA.

I put them on the table and on the chairs. International English usage 48 Often in colloquial speech and replaces to, especially in imperative constructions using come, go and try: Come and have a good time. Go and see him at once. Try and call in when you have time. Some scholars have criticised this usage as ‘sloppy’ or ‘inelegant’; others have shown that there can be a semantic difference between, for example: He came and saw me. and: He came to see me. in that only in the second sentence did ‘he’ come for the purpose of seeing ‘me’.

Occasionally in speech also is used as a conjunction suggesting that what follows it is an afterthought: Smoking is bad for your health, also it is expensive. This usage is less acceptable in writing than: Smoking is bad for your health—it is also expensive. where the afterthought is signalled by parentheses or a dash and where the adverb has its usual position. Also can occur at the beginning of a sentence to offer special prominence to a phrase: Also on the platform were the Prime Minister and the Chancellor.

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