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A modal distinction proposed by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze as a replacement for the problematic real-possible distinction more commonly used in philosophy. The possible is a bad ...


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The Oxford Companion to the English Language (2 ed.)

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...vowel and before a second vowel. This pronunciation is typical of AmE and AusE, making virtual homophones of such pairs as atom/Adam, latter/ladder, waiting/wading, writing/riding . It is also heard sporadically in BrE, especially in certain rapid colloquial expressions, such as I’d better go, get out , and not a hope . Palatalized T (1) When t is palatalized before u , it represents the affricate otherwise spelt ch as in church : before -ure ( capture, culture, fracture, legislature, picture, temperature ), before -ual ( actual,...