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date: 19 June 2019

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This article examines the grammaticalisation of the so-called complex predicates. It explains that a complex predicate is a construction consisting of a light verb, an article, and a deverbal noun. It analyses the history of complex predicates in the English language and attempts to determine what construction types are encompassed by the designation complex predicate. The article concludes that complex predicates must be understood as encompassing at least two construction types, one arising through grammaticalisation and the other through lexicalisation.

Keywords: complex predicates, grammaticalisation, light verb, article, deverbal noun, English language, lexicalisation

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