One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A word or morpheme which adds a sense of completeness to a word or phrase (e.g. in the phrase break up, up is a completive).
- ‘Particles are added, usually as completives and intensives, to two and three-syllable verbs of Latin origin: contract out, divide off/up, level off, measure off/out, select out, separate off/out.’
- ‘Google has 29,900,000 pages in which ‘completed’ occurs, and only one example of ‘completed it up’ in the completive sense, from a knitting site.’
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