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#116062 - 11/15/03 06:48 PM oppositives  
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In preparing future lessons on appositives, I came across the grammatical term oppositive, a new one for me.

Here's what one of the dictionary links (Dictionary.com, I think) offered:


adj : expressing antithesis or opposition; "the adversative conjunction `but' in `poor but happy'" [syn: adversative]

So, but can function as an adversative or oppositive conjunction when followed by an antithetical modifier. That's pretty interesting to me. Hope it is to y'all.

#116063 - 11/18/03 05:14 PM Re: oppositives  
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Good grief, I look at this new-to-me word and my mind wants to jump to "oppossum"! Adversative is a new word for me, too. You've stumped Gurunet with oppositive, but it likes:
ad·ver·sa·tive (ăd-vūr'sə-tĭv)

Expressing antithesis or opposition: the adversative conjunction but.

A word that expresses antithesis or opposition.

[Latin adversātīvus, from adversātus, past participle of adversārī, to oppose, from adversus, against. See adverse.]

Now I'm wondering: are either of these words ever used to describe anything but 'but'? Are they used for conjunctions only? Couldn't terms like "extra-large shrimp" also be described using either of these words? What if the ex. read poor and happy? Would the and be considered an oppositive/adversative?

#116064 - 11/19/03 01:46 AM look out for Mr. In-between  
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Well I always try to accentuate oppositive...

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