grammatical construction

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Noun1.grammatical construction - a group of words that form a constituent of a sentence and are considered as a single unit; "I concluded from his awkward constructions that he was a foreigner"
adjunct - a construction that can be used to extend the meaning of a word or phrase but is not one of the main constituents of a sentence
grammatical constituent, constituent - (grammar) a word or phrase or clause forming part of a larger grammatical construction
clause - (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
complement - a word or phrase used to complete a grammatical construction
involution - a long and intricate and complicated grammatical construction
phrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
predicator - an expression that predicates
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Each wondered how to handle that phrase when the natural grammatical construction of the translated phrase would be the equivalent of: "For Death, I will not call.
Charlton's approach is to link each of these metaphysical concepts with a grammatical construction (he typically, but not always, says that the construction expresses the concept) and to claim that to understand the construction (in the sense, apparently, of knowing how to use it) is all there is to grasping the concept.
Starting this week, Beirut's francophone residents will have the pleasure of hearing the phrase with a new grammatical construction.
Such forward-looking statements may, without limitation, be preceded by, followed by, or include words such as "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "estimates," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "forecasts" or similar expressions, or may employ such future or conditional verbs as "may," "will," "should" or "would" or may otherwise be indicated as forward-looking statements by grammatical construction, phrasing or context.
a grammatical construction capable of expressing most or all shades of imperfective aspect, the imperfective construction can express any of the meanings of sentences 1 to 3, with the exact shade of meaning being determined by the context.
She was cited "for calmness and the impeccable grammatical construction of her lengthy sentences which pack facts and explanations together with unwavering pace and clarity.
His editorship was meticulous, applied with an eagle eye for typos, grammatical construction and loose writing, but he could suggest necessary corrections without ruffling the feathers of enthusiastic authors, his was a most gentlemanly approach.
Thus, in construction grammar form and function are regarded as inseparable from each other (Fried, Ostman 2004 : 12); the description of a grammatical construction includes at the same time information about the morphosyntactic properties, prosodic and phonetic shape, meaning, and function of the construction (Fried, Ostman 2004 : 19-23).
Even in a grammatical construction like resultative sentences, there are cognitive patterns.
Difficulties with grammatical construction were seen in many responses, as illustrated in Table 2.
While her grammatical construction is unconventional in places, even Puig would have skipped the second feature in favor of this unique life story.
The error of the second comma then becomes more apparent: by including the comma that follows "thereof," the drafters of the Seventeenth Amendment not only created an awkward grammatical construction but also seemingly neglected to provide for the composition of the Senate for the period of time beginning six years after the effective date of the Amendment.