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Te-infinitives can be used in positions in which adjectives are found, just like present and past participles. They do not systematically exhibit agreement in the attributive construction. They only occur with specific readings in the constructions in which they can occur. Their use is, furthermore, idiomatically restricted. They may not be morphologically converted to adjectives. They can hardly be nominalised. They assign the same thematic role as the one an active verb assigns to its direct object in a sentence in the active voice. There are lexical restrictions on the use of past participles in the four key constructions.


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