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1 the
     1. art. Definite grammatical article that implies necessarily that an entity it articulates is presupposed; something already mentioned, or completely specified later in that same sentence, or assumed already
           I’m reading the book. (Compare I’m reading a book.)
           The street in front of your house. (Compare A street in Paris.)
           The men and women watched the man give the birdseed to the bird.
     2. art.    Used before a noun modified by a restrictive relative clause, indicating that the noun refers to a single referent defined by the relative clause.
2 to
     1. part. (en-part)
     2. part. A particle used for marking the following verb as an infinitive.
           I want to leave.
           He asked me what to do.
           I don’t know how to say it.
3 a
     1. n. The name of the Latin script letter A/a.
     2. art. One; any indefinite example of; used to denote a singular item of a group.
           There was a man here looking for you yesterday.
     3. art. Used in conjunction with the adjectives score, dozen, hundred, thousand, and million, as a function word.
           I've seen it happen a hundred times.
4 and
     1. conj. As a coordinating conjunction; expressing two elements to be taken together or in addition to each other.
     2. conj.    Used simply to connect two noun phrases, adjectives or adverbs.
     3. conj.   * c. 1430 (reprinted 1888), Thomas Austin, ed., Two Fifteenth-century Cookery-books. Harleian ms. 279 (ab. 1430), & Harl. ms. 4016 (ab. 1450), with Extracts from Ashmole ms. 1429, Laud ms.
     4. conj.   *: Soupes dorye. — Take gode almaunde mylke (...) caste þher-to Safroun an Salt ...
     5. conj.   * (RQ:Authorised Version, Genesis, 1, 1):
5 you
     1. pron. (object pronoun) The people spoken, or written to, as an object.
     2. pron. (reflexive, now, US colloquial) (To) yourselves, (to) yourself.
     3. pron. (object pronoun) The person spoken to or written to, as an object. (Replacing (m, en, thee); originally as a mark of respect.)
     4. pron. (subject pronoun) The people spoken to or written to, as a subject. (Replacing (m, en, ye).)
           Both of you should get ready now.
6 I
     1. pron. The speaker or writer, referred to as the grammatical subject, of a sentence.
     2. n. (metaphysics) The ego.
     3. n. (US, roadway) Interstate.
     4. n. (grammar) (abbreviation of instrumental case)
     5. interj. (obsolete spelling of aye).
7 of
     1. prep. Expressing direction.
     2. prep.    (now, obsolete or dialectal) From (of distance, direction), off.
     3. prep.   * (RQ:Mlry MrtDrthr, 15.10, 2, XIII, x):
     4. prep.   *: Sir said Galahad by this shelde ben many merueils fallen / Sir sayd the knyght hit befelle after the passion of our lord Ihesu Crist xxxij yere that Ioseph of Armathye the gentyl knyght
     5. prep.   * (RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly), II.5.3.ii:
8 in
     1. prep. Used to indicate location, inclusion, or position within spatial, temporal or other limits
     2. prep.    Contained by.
             The dog is in the kennel.
     3. prep.    Within.
     4. prep.    Surrounded by.
9 it
     1. pron. The third-person singular personal pronoun that is normally used to refer to an inanimate object, also often used to refer to animals.
           Put it over there.
           Take each day as it comes.
           I heard the sound of the school bus - it was early today.
     2. pron. A third-person singular personal pronoun used to refer to a child, especially of unknown gender.
10 that
     1. conj. Introducing a clause which is the subject or object of a verb (such as one involving reported speech), or which is a complement to a previous statement.
           He told me that the book is a good read.
           I believe that it is true. — She is convinced that he is British.
     2. conj. Introducing a subordinate clause expressing a reason or cause: because, in that.
           Be glad that you have enough to eat.
11 is
     1. v. third-person singular present indicative of be
           He is a doctor. He retired some time ago.
           Should he do the task, it is vital that you follow him.
     2. n. plural of i
           remember to dot your is
     be
          1. v. (intransitive, now, literary) To exist; to have real existence.
          2. v. (with (m, en, there), or dialectally m, en, it), as glossary, dummy pronoun, dummy subject To exist.
          3. v. (intransitive) To occupy a place.
12 for
     1. conj. (now, uncommon) Because.
     2. prep. Towards.
           The astronauts headed for the moon.
     3. prep. Directed at, intended to belong to.
           I have something for you.
13 he
     1. pron. (personal) A male person or animal already known or implied.
     2. pron. (personal, sometimes proscribed, see usage notes) A person whose gender is unknown or irrelevant.
           The rulebook clearly states that if any student is caught cheating, he will be expelled, and you were caught cheating, were you not, Anna?
     3. pron. (personal) An animal whose gender is unknown.
     4. det. (AAVE) (synonym of his)
14 was
     1. v. first-person singular past of be.
     2. v. third-person singular past of be.
     3. v. (colloquial, nonstandard) second-person singular simple past tense indicative of be.
     be
          1. v. (intransitive, now, literary) To exist; to have real existence.
          2. v. (with (m, en, there), or dialectally m, en, it), as glossary, dummy pronoun, dummy subject To exist.
          3. v. (intransitive) To occupy a place.
15 have
           Additional archaic forms are second-person singular present tense hast, third-person singular present tense hath, and second-person singular past tense hadst.
     1. v. To possess, own, hold.
           I have a house and a car.
           Look what I have here — a frog I found on the street!
     2. v. To be related in some way to (with the object identifying the relationship).
16 on
     1. adj. In the state of being active, functioning or operating.
     2. adj. Performing according to schedule.
           Are we still on for tonight?
           Is the show still on?
     3. adj. (chiefly UK informal usually negative) Acceptable, appropriate.
17 be
     1. v. (intransitive, now, literary) To exist; to have real existence.
     2. v. (with (m, en, there), or dialectally m, en, it), as glossary, dummy pronoun, dummy subject To exist.
           There is just one woman in town who can help us. (or, dialectally:) It is just one woman in town who can help us.
     3. v. (intransitive) To occupy a place.
           The cup is on the table.
18 with
     1. prep. Against.
           He picked a fight with the class bully.
     2. prep. In the company of; alongside, close to; near to.
           He went with his friends.
     3. prep. In addition to; as an accessory to.
19 me
     1. pron. As the direct object of a verb.
           Can you hear me?
     2. pron. (obsolete) Myself; as a reflexive direct object of a verb.
     3. pron. As the object of a preposition.
           Come with me.
20 this
     1. det. The (thing) here (used in indicating something or someone nearby).
           This classroom is where I learned to read and write.
     2. det. The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone just mentioned).
           They give the appearance of knowing what they're doing. It's this appearance that lets them get away with so much.
     3. det. The known (thing) (used in indicating something or someone about to be mentioned).
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