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“In Birds and Beasts, Douglas compiles a witty assemblage of myths, anecdotes, literary asides and the occasional recipe, such as one for an appetizing ragout of wild boar served [with] a single non-assertive vegetable, an account that echoes his close friendship with food writer Elizabeth David.”
“Mama, on the other hand, was a non-assuming, non-assertive woman, but, on this day, she openly disagreed with the good doctor.”
“Fiction is “hyper-assertive rather than non-assertive,” he said, able to make “stronger, more universalizable” claims than reliably “factual” discourses like history and philosophy.1”
“In a gentle and non-assertive way without any harassing motivations at all.”
“``Any'' occurs in non-assertive contexts, like negatives and conditionals.”
“This was a new kind of good news indeed, a way of thinking and speaking about the world was, well, non-assertive.”
“One day I came across Stafford's book Allegiances and was at once taken with the way in which his quiet, non-assertive, meditative poems seemed to gather resonance as they moved forward.”
“And I told Alex, I think it was, how I didn't think Jess and I could ever really get along because she was so assertive and I was so non-assertive (I'm not sure what the word is).”
“If you play a game to avoid penalties, then you play a non-assertive game.”
“Old Man Plumm was a non-assertive person, and good-natured.”
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... to use these words in spoken English and reap esteem. In the SPOKEN corpus of the COCA (full corpus: 450 million words) none of these occur.
Adjectively used nominal phrases with a "-" inside.
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