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Monday, October 09, 2006

Words to Your Mother: Enclitic

An enclitic is a clitic that always binds to another word.

Okay, that probably wasn't very helpful.

A clitic is something that basically acts like a word but is always followed or preceded by another word: it never appears on its own.  An enclitic actualy attaches itself to therelated word.  Examples:

I'm
You're
She's
They'll
They've

The boldface sections are enclitics.

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3 Comments:

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

I've been away for a while. Refreshing to come back and read through your posts, though the E=MC^2 post scared the hell out of me.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Ishmael said...

Thanks! Glad to have you still with us.

I haven't mentioned it often, but studying physics was an old hobby of mine during high school. For a non-technical (or at least non-mathematical) explanation of many, many intriguing scientific principles, make sure to read Stephen Hawking's The Illustrated Brief History of Time.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Nancy said...

Thanks. I might just do that!

 

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