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What is a construction?



A construction is an ordered arrangement of grammatical units forming a larger unit.


Different usages of the term construction include or exclude stems and words.

Examples (English)
  • [subject + verb + object] forms a clause
  • [determiner + noun] forms a noun phrase
  • [adjective + noun + plural marker] forms a compound noun
  Here are some kinds of constructions:
  A construction is a kind of

Crystal 1980 85–86


Hartmann and Stork 1972 51


Mish 1991 281


Pike and Pike 1982 440


Fleming 1988 263

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