Parts of speech in dictionaries

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Parts of speech in dictionaries

Postby BridgeCoach » Mon Jul 26, 2010 6:23 pm

In the same way as "n." against a word in a dictionary means "noun", "v." means "verb", "adj" means "adjective" etc. can anyone tell me what "sth." means when found after a word ?

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Re: Parts of speech in dictionaries

Postby Josef » Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:01 pm

Usually sth = something and sby = somebody, as in:

give sth to sby (give the cards to the man)
deal sby sth (deal John a bad hand)

You may sometimes see other abbreviations:
sthg (something)
so (someone)

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Re: Parts of speech in dictionaries

Postby Tukanja » Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:02 pm

In some dictionaries you will find [C] or [U] as well.

It means countable, uncountable noun.

such as

vision [C]

and

tunnel vision [U]. ;-) :mrgreen:


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