Talk:List of multi-word verbs (A-E)

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Isn't this list going to potentially run to thousands of words?--Bob M (talk) 02:48, 9 May 2013 (CDT)

  • Yep... Some time in the distant future it'll probably have to be subdivided even further.--Technopat (talk) 05:29, 9 May 2013 (CDT)
So what exactly is the objective? I've got no objection to it - but, as I said, there are thousands of these things. I'm just going through verbs in my head and it's hard to think of ones which you couldn't put an adverb or preposition after in order to create a multi-word verb.
In that case it will be limited only by the number of verbs in the English language. Not only that but, as you write, they frequently have more than one meaning which would make any descriptions even longer.
So it's an ambitious task Doctor Johnston.--Bob M (talk) 06:57, 9 May 2013 (CDT)
And he had to make do with a quill pen and daylight hours :) --Technopat (talk) 07:13, 9 May 2013 (CDT)
In answer to your question (doubt?) above, the main objective is to provide teachers (mainly) with a handy resource on the variety and use/usage of these great little things (most of the basic verbs are monosyllables). Don't forget that the vast majority of English language teachers out there in the real world are not native English speakers. To say nothing of the vast majority of native English speakers who are out there teaching English who are not actually trained language teachers :) and force rates/fees down :( --Technopat (talk) 07:52, 9 May 2013 (CDT)