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A

Sylvia Chalker and Edmund Weiner.

in The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

January 1998; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 22 words.

ADVERBIAL as an ELEMENT of clause structure.

The symbol is used in some modern analyses of clause structure. See ADVERBIAL

a-

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 35 words.

pref. of vbs., OE. ā-, orig. ar-, or- = OHG. ar-, ir-, ur- (G. er-

a

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 32 words.

reduced form of AN used since XII immed. before a word beginning with a cons. For the loss of

A

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 27 words.

used in the symbol A1, applied in Lloyd's Register to ships in first-class condition in respect of hull (A)

a-

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 38 words.

reduced form of OF prep., as in afresh, akin, anew. Cf. †a clock (XV–XVIII), now

a-

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 78 words.

reduced form of ON prep. (in late OE., but not gen. before XII); the first el. of many predicative adjs.

a

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 33 words.

ME. o, a in a distributive sense, e.g. twice a day, reduced form of ON; surviving in

a-

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 85 words.

pref. of negation and privation, repr. Gr. a- (before a vowel AN-) = UN-. Occurs in

A

P. H. Matthews.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

January 2007; p ublished online January 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Linguistics. 18 words.

1 = adjective

2 = agent (2); cf. P, S (3)

3 = argument

A

Bas Aarts.

in The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar

January 2014; p ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 32 words.

*Adverbial as an *element of *clause structure.

The symbol is used in some modern analyses of clause

a

Bryan A. Garner.

in Garner’s Modern English Usage

January 2016; p ublished online August 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 966 words.

A. Choice Between a and an.

The indefinite article a is used before words beginning with a consonant sound,

A

Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 156 words.

A1 excellent; first-rate. The full form of this expression is A1 at Lloyd's. In Lloyd's Register of Shipping, the

A

Edited by Jennifer Speake.

in Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs

January 2015; p ublished online September 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 8 words.

-a

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 93 words.

Now being printed more and more to represent the sound that replaces of in rapid (especially popular or informal) speech, as in ...

A

P. H. Matthews.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

January 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Linguistics. 116 words.

1. Abbreviation for adjective; hence AP for *adjective phrase.

2. The *argument of a *transitive verb whose semantic roles include that of an...

A

Edited by Tom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthur and Lise Fontaine.

in The Oxford Companion to the English Language

May 2018; p ublished online May 2018 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 729 words.

The 1st letter of the Roman alphabet as used for English. It descends from the Phoenician symbol for a glottal stop...

a-

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 210 words.

In origin a preposition, it is recorded from 1523 onwards in many literary works, (a) with be: engaged in (...

a-

Edited by Jeremy Butterfield.

in Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage

January 2015; p ublished online June 2015 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 187 words.

a prefix denoting lack of something or negation, represents Greek ἀ- before a consonant and becomes an- (Greek ...

A

Edited by Tom McArthur.

in Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

January 1998; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 667 words.

The 1st letter of the Roman alphabet as used for English. It descends from the Phoenician symbol for a glottal

a.

Bryan A. Garner.

in The Oxford Dictionary of American Usage and Style

January 2000; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 380 words.

Choice Between a and an.

The indefinite article a is used before words beginning with a consonant sound, including