Watching English Grammar Change: Variation and Change in the Grammar of Accustomed

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Language History and Language Change book series (PSLHL)


There are a number of central structural types of sentential complements in English. They include to infinitive and what may be called to -ing complements. These are initially illustrated by (1) and (2), respectively (from the Bank of English Corpus).
  1. (1)

    United officials were reluctant to discuss the matter … (The Times)

  2. (2)

    … Wordsworth is addicted to causing trouble … (The Times)

Both to infinitive and to -ing complements may be selected by adjectival heads, as is shown by (1–2).


Semantic Role Lower Predicate Nominal Clause Infinitive Type Matrix Predicate 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Martti Juhani Rudanko 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TampereFinland

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