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    #11

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    What about 'semantics'?
    A synonym would be the word meaning. For example,

    Max: That thing at the back of the car that holds your luggage is called a trunk.
    Sam: No. Actually, it's called a boot.
    Pat: Semantics. Same object, same meaning, but a different word.

    All the best.

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    Many thanks, Casiopea.

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    #13

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    You're welcome.

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    There's a similar subjunctive in the words of the song 'Rule Britannia'. It doesn't say 'Britannia rules', it's a hope/wish/prayer.

    Semantics
    refers to the aspects of meaning that are expressed in a language...
    Read more here: Semantics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thanks, BobK.

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    In British English, the present subjunctive survives in fossilized expressions and some formal usage, but it is alive and well in the States.

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    Hi Tdol

    What does 'fossilized expressions' mean?

    Thank you very much.

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    fossilized
    Linguistics
    a. used only in certain restricted contexts, as kempt in unkempt, but is otherwise obsolete.

    Source: fossil - definition of fossil by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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