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No one can tell you what construction means without some context. It's a very common word in syntax and generally refers to sentence constituents that may be more than one word. That's not very helpful. However, inchoative (pronounced in KOE a tiv) has a very specific meaning -- Change of State. Which means beginnings, endings, and changes of all sorts; a ...


Transitivity is a hard concept to handle. Verbs like eat or drink seem like prototypic transitive verbs, but they occur in a lot of structures He ate. He ate too much. He ate for a long time. He ate more than I did. He's stopped drinking. And verbs like run or walk seem like prototypic intransitive verbs, but they can also occur in a lot of structures He ...


These can be called agentive ambitransitive verbs.

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