How many verbs are there in English?

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How many verbs are there in English?

Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 4:51 pm

Hmm. Posteriorwise, this is not sounding good. Shove it up my what? Hmm. But actually ‘-ity’ expresses a state or condition – now who you callin’ anal?

Ken – October 5, 2004
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 5:05 pm

I'm sorry but I don't think I understand.. can the verbs be counted or not?
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 5:20 pm

Ken wrote:

'I can’t imagine that anyone could get ‘exact info’ on the number of verbs (whatever that means) in the English Language from a 40-year-old compilation containing only 73,582 words (much less the number of nouns and adjectives as your above quote suggests).'

I suggested it as a method, no more and no less. To make myself clear, I didn't set my heart on finding out the 40-odd-year-old verb statistics, I'd rather settle for recent data.
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 5:34 pm

Ken--renouned?
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 5:49 pm

Every time I think I've got the final answer Viola comes up with a new one!
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 6:03 pm

Julie, I think that there is a very good reason why the Oxford English Dictionary, which has vast resources at its disposal and the advantage of a searchable database, has estimated the number of verbs in their 2004 assessment as 1/7 of the entries in their dictionary and left it at that. My guess is that if they thought that trying to find ‘an exact’ number was a meaningful endeavor, they would have done it, and if any ‘reputable’ numbers had existed (for this seemingly futile endeavor, which is so nebulous and definition-dependent) they probably would have cited them. But instead, they left us with what they considered to be sufficient for any sensible purposes, their perfectly reasonable ‘1/7.’

Ken G – October 5, 2004

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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 6:17 pm

As all reasonable people will agree, Ken.
But the Amazon is still longer than the Nile.
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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 6:32 pm

Yeah. And as a wise man once said, “Nothing difficult is ever easy” (actually I made that profundity up myself a long time ago and, by Jove, it still holds true today). But more to the point, “one can lead a horse to water, but one can’t make it think!”

Ken – October 6, 2004


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Post by Archived Reply » Fri Jan 04, 2002 6:46 pm

Re the above Ken, your claim to the phrase:
“Nothing difficult is ever easy”
Is quoted in the following websites:
http://forums.audiworld.com/tt/msgs/190127.phtml
accredited to a certain 'Ron Stein' on 2001-02-08 19:01:18
and:
http://lalaland.cl.msu.edu/~vanhoose/humor/0146.html
Lizabeth Henderson of Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va. in 1994
and:
http://www.iberianet.com/articles/2003/ ... news89.txt
Eddy Greig 1983
etc. etc.
Shall I go on?

Did your version materialise prior to then?
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