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Twice And Constituency

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Dictionaries, be they twice as awful as many are, could scarcely improve (worsen) on the OED's ingenuous comment in its entry for twice: 'in all senses now the regular substitute for the phrase two times'. The noun time in English has three distinct senses in which it can be modified by numbers. This chapter surveys the three senses of time . It describes the temporal location sense, for which it is seldom possible to substitute twice for two times. The chapter discusses the replacement of two times by twice in the frequency and quantity senses. It also examines comparative constructions featuring these two senses of time - twice may be used in some but not in others. This relates to constituency within a construction type.

Keywords: comparative constructions; constituency; frequency sense; quantity senses; temporal location sense



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