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What is a constituent?

 

Definition
 

A constituent is one of two or more grammatical units that enter syntactically or morphologically into a construction at any level.

Examples (English)
 
  • The sentence You eat bananas contains the following constituents:

    Immediate constituents
    • you
    • eat bananas
    Ultimate constituents
    • you
    • eat
    • banana
    • -s
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of constituents:
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1985 68

     

    Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 38

     

    Mish 1991 281


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