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 (kən-tĭn′yo͞o-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv)
1. Of, relating to, or serving to cause continuation.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to the durative aspect or a durative verb or verb form.
1. Something that expresses or causes continuation.
2. Linguistics See durative.

con·tin′u·a′tive·ly adv.
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1. serving or tending to continue
2. (Grammar) grammar
a. (of any word, phrase, or clause) expressing continuation
b. (of verbs) another word for progressive8
(Grammar) a continuative word, phrase, or clause
conˈtinuatively adv
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(kənˈtɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv)

1. tending or serving to continue.
2. expressing a following event, as the second clause in They arrested a suspect, who gave his name as John Doe.
3. expressing continuation of an action or thought: a continuative verb.
4. something continuative.
[1520–30; < Late Latin]
con•tin′u•a`tive•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.continuative - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
closed-class word, function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
coordinating conjunction - a conjunction (like `and' or `or') that connects two identically constructed grammatical constituents
subordinate conjunction, subordinating conjunction - a conjunction (like `since' or `that' or `who') that introduces a dependent clause
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This capacity to create continuatives is one of the loveliest and as yet unremarked capacities by means of which the Latin language, by regularly diversifying its verbs and its words, adapted them to express precisely the minute differences between things and drew all possible advantage from its resources, applying this possibility with different and agreed inflections and modifications to all the needs of the language; and it employed its roots to obtain many different, wholly distinct, clear, certain, and unmuddled meanings, and with the utmost ingenuity and with very little effort it would multiply its riches and increase its potency.
To analyze the tools of mediation (i.e., the types of discourse move Kelly used), we used eleven categories, such as recasts, follow-up questions, forced-choice questions, provision of example options, elaborations, and continuatives. Most of these categories have been reported in the existing sociocultural and SLA literature, thus they will not be explained here (see Appendix b).
Some of the above mentioned conjunctive devices also function as discourse markers, or what Halliday and Hasan (1976) referred to as continuatives. They gave examples of continuatives including, "now, of course, well, anyway, surely, after all" (Halliday & Hasan, 1976, p.
(49) To put it in another way, traumatic narrative at best can only exist as a story, the different elements remaining isolated to only to be linked by continuatives ("and...
Osisanwo (2005) identifies the following conjunctive types: Coordinating Conjunction, Subordinating Conjunction, Compound Adverbs and Continuatives. Beaugrande and Dressler (1992:50) reports that procedurally the basic phrases and clauses of English can be viewed as configurations of links.
Moreover, they can be attached to derived verbs, such as deverbal continuatives and frequentative -ele derivatives as well as the denominal -icce ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 1978 : 88).