This paper is a corpus analysis of the syntactic distributions of . We examine the 198 most common usages of based on Corpus of American Soap Operas (CASO) databanks, a subset of the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). We also provide 12 subcategorization frames to account for all the syntactic environments in which occurs in the database. This comprehensive investigation confirms that is unique among all English verbs by the sheer number of complements that it selects. Its varied uses and its frequency of occurrence in everyday English make a hard verb to master for native and non-native speakers alike. Non-native speakers may not understand many of the idiomatic expressions and collocations involving . Native speakers, on the other hand, may not be aware that a fair amount of its usages and collocations are too informal. Consequently, care should be used when appears in academic writing. We first analyzed the numerous uses of , only then did we categorize usages from CASO/ COCA. Some of the usages that we did not find in either CASO or COCA.
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Kennedy, Barbara; Koffi, Ettien; and Perschke, Glynis
"A Corpus Analysis of the Syntactic Distributions of the Verb 'GET' : Meanings and Usages,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 7
, Article 3.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol7/iss1/3