Words on Writing: L


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linguistics

The scientific study of human language.

For more, see the chapter “A Modern Take (Is Take a Noun?) on Parts of Speech” in Word Up!

linking verb (equational verb, copular verb)

be‑verb or other verb—seembecome, remaingrow, get—that equates two elements in a clause. In The icicles are slippery, the linking verb are equates icicles and slippery. When a word acts as a linking verb, it is (like the is you just read) a form-class word.

Compare auxiliary.

For more, see the chapter “A Modern Take (Is Take a Noun?) on Parts of Speech” in Word Up!

ly word

See adverb.

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This is not a list of all words about writing—you’d be scrolling all day. These definitions evolved while I was writing  Word Up! I enjoyed what I learned and wanted to share it.

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Last modified: December 14, 2012

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