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small clause Line breaks: small clause

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of small clause in English:


A clause which contains neither a finite verb nor the infinitive marker ‘to’, for example him groan in I heard him groan.
Example sentences
  • Thus, if a language has long-distance reflexivization with indicatives, then it will necessarily have it with (if relevant) subjunctives, infinitives, small clauses, and NPs.
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