LEXICAL VERSUS LIGHT VERBS IN ENGLISH. A CASE STUDY INVOLVING THE VERB GIVE
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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to discuss different properties of lexical and light verbs in English. The focus is on the verb give. We notice that, at least, in English, both lexical and light verb give are ditransitive verbs; that is, a triadic verb which takes three-arguments. Moreover, the light verb give can optionally take only two arguments, so it is ditransitive but it can become transitive; a dyadic verb. Furthermore, the light verb give can only be a transitive verb when it has just two obligatory arguments.