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What is a means-purpose relation?



A means-purpose relation is a causal relation in which

  • one proposition expresses a state or activity employed so as to bring about the state or event expressed by the other proposition, and
  • the achievement or nonachievement of the desired state or event is not expressed.
Example (English)
  • He was quiet in order not to disturb the boss.
  • Kind
      Here is a kind of means-purpose relation:
      A means-purpose relation is a kind of

    Beekman and Callow 1974 302–303


    Beekman, Callow, and Kopesec 1981 102


    Mann and Thompson 1987b 63–65

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