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    Hi there: I have a question about lexical semantics. In the sentence "She noded", is the action "noded" interpreted as a single action or as an activity involving a sequence of nod? thank you.

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    Re: lexical semantics

    It would depend on the rest of the context.

    Ex: she noded (once/twice).
    Ex: She is noding (once/twice).

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    Re: lexical semantics

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hi there: I have a question about lexical semantics. In the sentence "She noded", is the action "noded" interpreted as a single action or as an activity involving a sequence of nod? thank you.
    nod, nodded, nodding.
    It can mean one nod or several nods. In the collocation "She nodded off to sleep", she may not nod at all.

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