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8 The Article with Groups

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A speaker or writer employs the article to characterize a word group in the genitive case as concrete. When a word group in the genitive case is modified by the article, the restricting activity of the word group is held out as the identifying feature of the class. The neuter plural article indicates that the referent is a class of things whose sole identifying characteristic is defined by its association with an individual or group. It is common to observe that the article with a prepositional group is functioning as the head term. Prepositions generally serve to indicate a relation in terms of "being situated in, moving toward or moving away from a location", in either a literal or metaphorical sense. When modified by the article, the relation grammaticalized by the prepositional phrase is employed as the defining characteristic of the class.

Keywords: genitive case; neuter plural article; prepositional phrase; word group



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