A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan PDF

By Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik

An integral shop of data at the English language, written via a few of the best-known grammarians on the planet.

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In favorable conditions, the construction may also be related to a part-whole relationship. ). In (2), as in (1), accusative vs. partitive variation is connected in the first place with definiteness. In addition, it can also indicate whether the whole bread or only a part of it has been eaten, that is, it can indicate a part-whole relation. As expected, the accusative is used when the whole bread has been consumed, while the partitive indicates that only a part of the bread has been affected by the given event.


18–19) (15) Kuaxárēs kaì hoi pareóntes daitumónes Cyaxares:NOM and ART. NOM . present: PTCP. PRS . NOM . PL guest: NOM . PL tôn ART. GEN . PL kreôn flesh: GEN . GEN . PL epásanto eat: AOR . ’ (16) ikhthúōn dè oú sphi fish:GEN . PL PTC NEG 3 PL . 3 SG pásasthai eat:INF. AOR Note however that, in the case of partitive genitive subjects, things apparently work the other way around, as the indefinite reading seems to be connected with the occurrence of the definite article, as shown in (17): Ancient Greek (Arist.

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