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    hello
    can anyone explain to me what do we mean by semantic, please??

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    I'm not sure of what to answer, because it seems too obvious a question. Anyway, the dictionary states:

    semantic
    adj. pertaining to semantics, of the study of the meaning and use of words and phrases

    Is there anything I missed in your question?

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    It refers to what it means.

    You may be told your sentence is correct in terms of grammar, but odd or incorrect or meaningless in terms of semanitcs.

    A famous example is "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."

    Grammatically, all the parts of speech are in the right place, but together it just has no meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I want to learn View Post
    hello
    can anyone explain to me what do we mean by semantic, please??
    Semantic relates to the meaning of a phrase, as opposed to its formal construction.
    Chomsky's famous sentence "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously" is syntactically correct, but semantically it's nonsense.
    If you consider semantics a part of grammar, the sentence is not grammatical. But it has all the right parts of speech in the right place.
    <adjective><adjective><noun><verb><adverb>.
    On the other hand, many people would consider the following wrong syntactically:
    "Don't nobody tell me nothing around here!" But the mean (hopefully) is clear, so it's semantically valid.

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    Wow. It's amazing when great minds think alike -- and simultaneously!

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    Semantic
    Relating to meaning, especially of words.

    Example
    Max: I bought a hat.
    Sam: You mean you bought a cap.
    Max: Semantics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Wow. It's amazing when great minds think alike -- and simultaneously!
    Yes
    I was going to think up another sentence, but I was too lazy!
    Sometimes, I wish Chomsky had never said that.

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