small clause

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English[edit]

Examples
  • Robert painted the house blue.
  • We consider Mary intelligent.
  • Abby saw Patrick eat the cake.
  • Eating too much cake makes me sick.

Noun[edit]

small clause (plural small clauses)

  1. (grammar) minimal predicate structures that possess arguments and predicates but no tense. Small clauses usually occur within the context of full clauses and may act as the direct object of the verb.

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References[edit]

  • 1981, Chomsky, Noam, Lectures on Government and Binding, Dordrecht: Foris, ISBN 90-70176-28-9:

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