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What is a dummy word?



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?
  A dummy word is a kind of

Crystal 1985 102–103


Hartmann and Stork 1972 81


Pei and Gaynor 1954 70


Mish 1991 437

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