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first two/two first, last three/ three last

These are idiomatic expressions, and commentators have sometimes objected to the second in each pair. Logically, they argue, the first two includes number one and number two, but the two first implies that there are two number ones. This logic chopping does not hold up when applied to natural language. All four expressions are still Standard, even if the two (three) first and the two (three) last sound a bit old-fashioned.

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accent

in speech, emphasis given a particular sound, called prosodic systems in linguistics. There are three basic accentual methods: stress, tone, and length. Continue reading accent

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tricostate

SYLLABICATION: tri Continue reading tricostate

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three

PRONUNCIATION: thre
NOUN: 1. The cardinal number equal to 2 + 1. 2. The third in a set or sequence. 3. Something having three parts, units, or members.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, from Old English thr. See trei- in Appendix I.
OTHER FORMS: three Continue reading three