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  1. Marchmain
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    adjacent partners/ redundant verbs

    Does anyone know what the term 'adjacent partners' means in terms of dialogue.

    Also, what are verb redundancies?

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    Re: adjacent partners/ redundant verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Marchmain View Post
    Does anyone know what the term 'adjacent partners' means in terms of dialogue.

    Also, what are verb redundancies?
    I haven't heard of "adjacent partners", but "adjacency pairs" might be what you want. This means successive utterances by different speakers, where the second follows in a fairly formulaic way from the first. eg. a question is followed by an answer; a greeting is followed by a greeting back.

    A: "Good morning. How are you?"
    B: "Fine thanks. You?" (Naturally this calls for another adjacent response).
    Perhaps "How are you" and "Fine thanks" are adjacent partners. They are certainly adjacency pairs.

    A redundant verb is a verb that forms the preterit or the perfect participle in two or more ways, and so as to be both regular and irregular; as, thrive, thrived or throve, thriving, thrived or thriven:
    English/English in use/Verbs - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks

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