chapter  6
Clause-specifi c features
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In Section 3.1, we mentioned that syntactic elements often appear in pairs and that there are fi ve pairs of elements commonly found in clauses. With respect to the different elements, the subject and the predicate are of more importance than other elements in forming clauses. The nuclear status of the predicate is evident as it denotes a situation or a quality about the subject. The situation or quality can be specifi ed in terms of manner, range, degree, time, location, etc.