What is the semantic role of the direct object in the below sentence? If I'm not mistaken, the answer is 'patient' (since 'He' is doing something [in this case, 'crossing'] to the river). However, I find it difficult to understand why this is so (if indeed it is at all), since, unlike 'hitting' or 'eating', for example, the river can't really undergo 'crossing' (if you see what I mean). Ideas?

He crossed the river.

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    What is the range of the semantic roles you are to choose from? As for me, for the direct object, I'd choose from {the Affected, the Theme, the Experiencer, the Created Object, the Locative Object and Empty it}, so Locative Object seems to be the best choice.
    – Yellow Sky
    Sep 1, 2021 at 17:56
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    Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Sep 1, 2021 at 18:06


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