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    Double adjectives

    recently I have noticed that some people use an adjective twice instead of using an adverb like 'very'. For example,

    "Bill is off work today because he is ill but he isn't ill ill."

    Is there name for this? Is it a recent thing? Is it regional?

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    Ahmed88 Guest
    Dear asker,

    allow me to inform you that the first "ill" is a adverb and the second one is an adjective.

    the first ill "adv" means ''badly''

    ill // adj., adv., & n. (Oxford)

    adv.
    1 badly, wrongly (ill-matched)

    Is this satisfied you?

    Regards

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    He isn't ill ill means that he isn't seriously or properly ill. If the coffeee isn't hot hot, it's warm.

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    Re: Double adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Christo
    recently I have noticed that some people use an adjective twice instead of using an adverb like 'very'. For example,

    "Bill is off work today because he is ill but he isn't ill ill."

    Is there name for this? Is it a recent thing? Is it regional?
    I agree with the other posts. :D

    First of all, there is a technical term for it--I just can't remember it at the moment. Sorry :( (Hopefully, Mike with know. :D) Second of all, it's not a recent thing, nor is it regional. :D Restating a word is often used to emphasize (i.e. very) and even de-emphasize (i.e. not very) the meaning of the word.

    It expresses, (not) in the full sense of the meaning.

    He is not ill, ill.
    (He is ill but not in the full sense of the meaning of the word ill)

    He is ill, ill.
    (He is ill in the full sense of the meaning of the word ill)

    All the best,

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    Reduplication ?

    FRC

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