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Making Sense of Grammar
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The aspectual meanings are often used with resultative complements. Resultative complements have semantic selection of the verbs they combine with. The combination is a highly idiomatic matter requiring careful observation and imitation of the native speaker. However, each Achievement verb functioning as a resultative complement has its basic abstract invariant meaning; all messages associated with the verb are derived from and accounted for by the invariant meaning itself. Hence, remembering the abstract invariant meaning of each resultative complement will help you anticipate and comprehend its use in other resultative verb compounds.

[1] Loar, J. K. (2011). Chinese syntactic grammar: functional and conceptual principles. New York: Peter Lang.
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