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What is a dummy word?

 

Definition
 

A dummy word is a grammatical unit that has no meaning, but completes a sentence to make it grammatical.

Examples (English)
 
  • It is raining.
  • Does he know?
Generic
  A dummy word is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 102–103

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 81

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 70

 

Mish 1991 437


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