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Re: Fishing for Complements?

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, August 5, 1999, 4:17
Josh Roth wrote:
> Why? Subjects can be patients or agents in English too, right? Or am I > missing something? > "I felled him." Subject = "I" = agent; Object = "him" = patient > "I fell." Subject = "I" = patient
Well, here we go with a difference in definition - I prefer the definition that a patient is the role that is affected by the verb, that is, direct object. That is, the argument of an intransitive verb is "subject" or S, subject of a transitive is "agent", or A, while object of a transitive is "patient" or P. Perhaps Jim was using your definition, in which "I" is the patient of "fell", and if so, then my question was based on a misunderstanding. -- "[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." -- William Caxton ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor