Pragmatics: “Let me go” [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: Etymology of “let us” and “let’s” (6 answers) Closed 6 years ago. Let me go. / Let me do it. / Let me see, try, etc. Q1. Which meaning are these more close to? “Allow me to go, do, see?” or “I’ll go, do, see, etc?” There are two … Read more

In linguistics, what is called when you use a word to down-play something?

In any theories of semantics or pragmatics such as Grice’s Maxims and Speech Act Theory, is there a term when you use a word to “down-play”, “mitigate”, “soften-the-blow” of a word? I concoct a few examples to illustrate what I mean: It’s not that bad! I will only just be gone for a few months! … Read more

“Avoided” categorized as a type of presupposition

while reading a Wiki page about pragmatics and presuppositions, I came upon this explanation: Some further implicative predicates: […] X avoided Ving » X was expected to, or usually did, or ought to V, etc. I don’t understand how it presupposes the implication of “usually did”. If one says: “Tom avoided gaining weight.” I could … Read more

Why is ‘if and only if’ used here? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 5 years ago. Improve this question Would anyone please enlighten me on why the author uses ‘if and only if’ here? It sounds to me … Read more

Water can/may still get in

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language , page 184, reads May is virtually excluded instead of can in water can still get in, partly by the likelihood of it being interpreted epistemically rather than dynamically. However, I cannot grasp any different effective meaning between both versions. Answer This appears to be a case of … Read more

The word ‘until’: ‘fought off the Dutch until 1903’ _ does this necessarily imply being conquered in 1903? [closed]

Closed. This question needs details or clarity. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Add details and clarify the problem by editing this post. Closed 1 year ago. Improve this question In Bali, local rulers resisted the yoke of Queen Wilhelmina until 1908. Aceh, at the western extremity of the island … Read more

Is there a difference between a spigot and a faucet (usage in AmE) [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: What do you call an indoor water tap? (7 answers) Closed 6 years ago. What is a domestic tap called commonly in the US ? -a spigot? a device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container (MW) Dictionary meaning aside, I had this understanding that a … Read more