By Wolf Leslau
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Extra resources for Ethiopic and South Arabic Contributions to the Hebrew Lexicon
A noun phrase is a noun and all the words that ‘go’ with it. It can consist of just a noun: Money is bad for you. People are strange. London is a fantastic place. And a pronoun can also function as a noun phrase: She is my best friend. But usually there is more than one word. 1 The four parts of a noun phrase The last three parts are dealt with below. Determiners, as a distinct word class, are given a fuller treatment afterwards. Heads The head is the central part of a noun phrase; it is the only part which is obligatory, though if it is a singular count noun, there must be a determiner with it: a table or that table, not simply ‘table’.
The three non-finite forms are the infinitive, and -ing and -ed participles. g. ) The reason for distinguishing them is that non-finite forms cannot make a verb phrase on their own (see A6); they are ‘unfinished’ and need a finite form to complete them. Finite (complete) forms, by contrast, may stand on their own. Since tense is an obligatory choice in English, all verb phrases must be either present or past. 32 INTRODUCTION So, although the present and infinitive have the same form (except in the case of be), it is important to distinguish them.
Here it is not a quantifier referring to a vague or unknown number or quantity, but indicating an unknown individual. Some quantifiers are semantically plural but grammatically singular: each, every, many a. The distinction in meaning between each, every and all is particularly subtle. All three are used to refer to the total members of a group, but are different in their number agreement; all goes with plural nouns: All children have fears. Each/every child has fears. Each tends to pick out each member of a group singly (and there may only be two), while every talks about them together (and there must be at least three): I’ve marked all the exam papers.
Ethiopic and South Arabic Contributions to the Hebrew Lexicon by Wolf Leslau