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What is an equative clause?

 

Definition
 

An equative clause is a clause which describes a feature of its subject. It contains a subject complement and, typically, a copula.

Examples (English)
 
  • He is a doctor.
  • She is the queen.
Generic
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972:78

 

Crystal 1980:133

 

Pike and Pike 1982:443


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