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|Subject:||Relationship between Imply/Infer, Throw/Catch|
|Question:||Hello! Is there a term or name for the special relation each of these words has to the other, i.e. imply/infer, throw/catch? I always tell my students ''your verb is aimed in the wrong direction'' but if there is a good linguistic term for this, I'd like to know it. Thanks so much. Cheri Endean Asst. Professor and Interim Director of the Writing Center Kendall College of Art and Design Grand Rapids, MI|
|Reply:||I think I have somewhere seen pairs like this called "reciprocal verbs". I'm not sure that has the status of "standard terminology", but it seems a reasonably obvious term to use! Geoffrey Sampson|
|Reply From:||Geoffrey Richard Sampson click here to access email|