In some descriptions of English
grammar, small clauses
are minimal predicate structures: they possess arguments and predicates
but no tense
. Small clauses usually occur within the context of full clauses
and may act as the direct object
of the verb
. In the examples below, the small clause is italicized. Note that a verb is not necessary and that there is no tense.
- Robert painted the house blue.
- We consider Mary intelligent.
- Abby saw Patrick eat the cake.
- Eating too much cake makes me sick.
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