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Not -ize; see -ISE, -IZE. advocate. Unlike recommend, propose, urge, and other verbs, this is not idiomatically followed by a thatclause, but only by an ordinary or a verbal noun. In Dr. Felix Adler advocates that close attention shall be paid to any experiments, either urges should be substituted for advocates, or that and shall be paid should be omitted or give place to the paying of. -ae, - a s , in plurals of nouns in -a. Most English nouns in -a are from Latin (or latinized Greek) nominative feminine singular nouns, which have in Latin the plural ending -ae.

So far as they are still used as adjectives, they are felt to be nouns used attributively; adverbs formed directly from them therefore cause uneasiness. Secondly the adjectives adjectival and substantival are of such frequent occurrence in modern grammar that it is natural to form the adverbs from them, especially since the former has an even wider currency as a polite substitute for some more expressive but less printable word {He threatened to knock my adjectival block off), cf. EPITHET. , not adverbly etc.

It is doubtful whether an audience even of Mr. Wilso7i's coevals and juniors could be stimulated by a tract like this to anything but an extension of that bored mistrust of their elders which already provides so many of them with an alibi, j If people decide not to run after they have been nominated, that must not be used as an alibi to discredit the elected representatives of the people. / We are certainly not prepared to use the temporary petrol shortage as an alibifor not building roads. The mischief is that, if this goes on, we shall be left without a word for the true meaning of alibi.

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