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Transitive phrasal verbs classification

Some grammarians classify transitive phrasal verbs into separable and inseparable. Just for instance: Phrasal verbs that can be divided by objects are commonly referred to as being separable; those ...
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Parsing and a possible compound verb

To describe the ordinariness of a certain 25-year-old man, someone said: He's the kind of guy that you could walk into a bar in any part of the country and see. "A guy that you can see" makes ...
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Idiomatic modifiers that have completely different impact on the same word

I'm thinking about similarly-formed idiomatic constructs like this cluster: 'Put up' - (#1) to allow someone to reside, usually in an ad-hoc temporary manner ('He put up John and I put up Mike; it ...
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Does “slept” as in “had sex” have a PP argument?

"Sleep" is clearly monovalent: They slept. But, is the colloquial usage of "sleep" to mean "had sex with" a divalent verb with a PP argument or is "sleep with"...
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The function of prepositional phrases

I'm looking at the function of prepositional phrases within a sentence, and particularly in this example as a part of a verb phrase. The example I have is: I remember the precise moment, crouching ...
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Identifying phrasal verbs

I'm helping some native English speakers to learn Swedish. I have a large list of sentences which I wish to organise by linking each sentence to its associated set of meanings. For example: Jag: ...
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Establishing the most common “semantic units” in a corpus

I have a corpus concerning spoken English, where the most common words include: you, the, i, to, a. However, I'm not only interested in words but also groups of consecutive words where the meaning is ...
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What makes a sentence difficult to understand?

When I learned Swedish I noticed I went through two phases of learning with regard to understanding the language. First I had to learn the meaning of common words. For example, "mening" means both "...
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Are these all phrasal verbs?

Consider the following sentences He pushed open the door. He pushed the door open. Are the two ‘pushed open’ phrasal verbs and have ‘the door’ as their objects?
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What is the historical basis for the use of this type of phrasal verb in English but less so in Spanish?

For example, English uses phrases like to look for and to look at, which (I believe) are considered phrasal verbs. Spanish, however, would under normal circumstances use some derivation of buscar and ...