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    What do these mean?

    1. I am tired.
    2. Iím feeling tired
    3. I feel tired.

    Are these correct?
    4. Words Meaning.
    5. Words Meanings. (If this is incorrect, why?)
    6. Word Meanings.

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    Sorry but i don't know.

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    1-3 mean much the same.

    You could say a word's meaning\meanings, depending on whether the word had one or more meaning. For the plural you could also use singular andplural, though the singular would refer to a group of words that together have a single meaning.

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    Thanks.

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    What do these mean?
    1. The problem is not being dealt with successfully. (Why isn't it 'success' instead of 'successfully'?)
    2. The problem is not being dealt with success. (Why isn't it 'success' instead of 'successfully'?)

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    successfully means, in a successful way. It's an adverb. It modifies the verb, and it answers the question "How?". Only 1. is OK.

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    Only 1. is OK.
    1. The problem is not being dealt with successfully.
    2. The problem is not being dealt with success.
    Why is #2 wrong?

    It's an adverb. It modifies the verb, and it answers the question "How?".
    What do you mean by it answers the question 'how'?

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    Passive: The problem is not being dealt with successfully.
    Active: Max is not dealing with the problem successfully.

    In the active structure, dealing with is a phrasal verb, and its object is the problem. In the passive structure, the object is moved to the front of the clause, the verb is changed from active is not dealing with to passive is not being dealt with, and the adverb successfully stays where it is, at the end of the clause. Since successfully is an adverb (we know this because it (a) ends in -ly, and (b) answers the question, "How?), we can move it around, like this,

    EX: The problem is not being successfully dealt with.
    EX: The problem is not successfully being dealt with.

    Adverb Test
    Q: How is the problem not being dealt with?
    A: Successfully.

    The following sentences are not OK. The verb has two objects: 1) the noun The problem and 2) the noun success:

    Passive: The problem is not being dealt with success. (Not OK; Two objects)
    Active: Max is not dealing with the problem success. (Not OK; Two objects)

    We can repair the above sentences by adding 'of', like this,

    Max is not dealing with the problem of success.
    The problem of success is not being deal with (by Max).
    Last edited by Casiopea; 31-Oct-2004 at 11:31. Reason: Additional information

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    Thanks.
    1. The problem is not being dealt with successfully. (I haven't seen this before or maybe I didn't notice it. Is this some advanced english? I find this sentence is hard to understand. I still don't really get it, let me think about it.)
    Last edited by jack; 31-Oct-2004 at 11:33.

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    It's basic English, jack. :wink: Please see post #8 above. :grin:

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