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What is a predicator?



A predicator is the verb in its functional relation to the clause. It is comparable to the grammatical relations of subject and object.


The term predicator can be used to refer to the verbal element in Subject-Ver b-Object constructions, that is, Subject-Predicator-Object. This avoids the confusion of using verb to refer to both a form and a function.

  A predicator is a kind of

Crystal 1985 241–242

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