chapter  IV
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2 The grammatical meanings of thin verbs

At the very beginning of our discussion of the different basic stretched verb constructions and particularly of what we called Construction 6102 we noted that some stretched verb constructions correspond semantically to simplex active verb patterns, some to simplex passive verb patterns and some to simplex causative verb patterns. Our scheme of types of restructuring in Part II took account of this point. For instance, give one’s attention to smth is active (= ‘attend to’), receive smbd’s attention is passive (= ‘be attended to’), and draw smbd’s attention to smth is most commonly interpreted as causative (= ‘cause smbd to attend to smth = cause smth to be attended to by smbd’).