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Query:   Pronoun Ellipsis
Author:  Sadao Ando
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   MANY THANKS TO THOSE WHO HAVE KINDLY OFFERED THEIR OPINIONS TO MY
QUESTION. NOW I'M INCLINED TO THINK THIS WAY:

(1) THIS PROBLEM IS TOO ABSTRACT FOR BILL TO SOLVE.
(2) THIS PROBLEM IS TOO ABSTRACT FOR BILL TO SOLVE IT.

LASNIK AND FIENGO(1974) SAY THAT (1) DERIVES FROM (3) AND (2) FROM
(4).

(3) TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS TOO ABSTRACT FOR[PREP] BILL.
(4) FOR[COMP] BILL TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IS TOO ABSTRACT.

AND JESPERSEN(MEGIII: P.218)STATES THAT AFTER 'TOO' IT IS ALLOWABLE TO/LL/HAVE AND TO OMIT 'IT': THAT IDEA IS TOO SUBTLE FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND
(IT).

THE LONGER THE CONSTRUCTION, THE MORE NECESSARY IT WILL BE TO ADD THE
PRONOUN: THIS WOOD IS TOO HARD FOR FOR ME TO ATTEMPT TO PIERCE IT.

DESPITE THEIR OPINIONS, I STILL THINK SENTENCES OF THE TYPE (1)
ARE BY FAR THE MORE COMMON, FOR EMPIRICALLY, OUT OF OVER TWENTY
EXAMPLES OF THIS TYPE RETRIEVED FROM THE BNC NONE ARE FOUND WITH
OBJECT PRONOUN, AND THEORETICALLY, SINCE THE SUBJECT IN THIS TYPE OF
SENTENCES ACTS AS

LL Issue: 10.402
Date Posted: 16-Mar-1999
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