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Re: THEORY: What, Besides Verbs, Can Take Two Or More Arguments?

From:Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>
Date:Thursday, August 4, 2005, 23:21
In a message dated 8/3/2005 7:49:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
tomhchappell@YAHOO.COM writes:

>Does that mean "than" has two clausal arguments? >Is it a co-ordinating conjunction?
It's classed as a subordinating conjunction, not a coordinating one. I think that only the second clause is considered an "argument" of "than." Similarly, consider a preposition, like "in" in "the cat in the hat." Here, only "the hat" is considered an argument/object of "in." Although "in" (or the phrase "in the hat") modifies "cat", I don't think that "the cat" is considered an "argument" of "in." Doug