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Re: Topics and foci/focuses... Wow, now I get it!!!

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Sunday, May 6, 2001, 6:30
Muke Tever wrote:
> [Er, you meant 'head-final'? Like 'MOD MOD MOD HEAD']
English is pretty mixed. I wouldn't say that it's mostly head-initial OR mostly head-final.
> He [switched on] the light. > > Where 'on' doesn't modify 'the light'
Well, "switch on" is really a single phrasal verb. Altho in this case, perhaps one could make the argument that it's really "He caused the light to be on"
> Plus there's the postposition-like objects: > > It happened seven years [ago]. > He looked the table [over] for defects.
The first is definitely a postposition, but the second is a phrasal verb, as shown by the fact that one can also say "He looked over the table for defect". In fact, for me, that sounds a bit better. -- Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon A nation without a language is a nation without a heart - Welsh proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTaylor42


Muke Tever <alrivera@...>phrasal verbs/postpositions