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What is a pro-form?



A pro-form is a word, substituting for other words, phrases, clauses, or sentences, whose meaning is recoverable from the linguistic or extralinguistic context.

Examples (English)
  • Jim cooks better than she does.
  • He did so.
  Here are some kinds of pro-forms:
  A pro-form is a kind of

Schachter 1985 24–25


Crystal 1985 247

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