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    Hi, I am from Serbia, and I wonder if you can help me. Actually, I am writing a research paper from morphology about litotes. The problem is that I do not know the examples of litotes in English language in terms of morphology. Actually, I know one example- ASTOUND( earlier it used to mean TO STRIKE WITH THUNDER). I would kindly ask you to provide more examples, if you are willing to. Thank you, Emilija

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    Unhappy Re: Examples for litotes

    Quote Originally Posted by gilgames View Post
    Hi, I am from Serbia, and I wonder if you can help me. Actually, I am writing a research paper from morphology about litotes. The problem is that I do not know the examples of litotes in English language in terms of morphology. Actually, I know one example- ASTOUND( earlier it used to mean TO STRIKE WITH THUNDER). I would kindly ask you to provide more examples, if you are willing to. Thank you, Emilija
    Litotes = affirmation by negation of the contrary.
    example: not a little angry ( that means very angry), furious.

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    Default Re: Examples for litotes

    I don't see the connection between litotes and morphology.

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    Smile Re: Examples for litotes

    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: Examples for litotes

    Well, I suppose that means apex2000 came up with the right answer.

    Let me add a couple more:

    You will not find me ungrateful.
    It wasn't totally unexpected.
    That is a not inconsiderable amount.

    ("Not inconsiderable" was allegedly a particular favourite of former British Prime Minister John Major's; he was often mocked for it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    ("Not inconsiderable" was allegedly a particular favourite of former British Prime Minister John Major's; he was often mocked for it.)
    What do you call a double possessive?

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