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Compared to investigating syntax, the study of linguistic semantics is quite difficult. One of the main issues is the distinction between semantics as a linguists understands it – and the view of semantics as common knowledge. For example, the verb “drink” requires a liquid as an object – but it doesn’t make any difference what that liquid is. Someone drinking liquid lead would be semantically correct linguistically, but obviously is strange given our world knowledge. These two issues are often confounded in studies of semantics.