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3.1.5.Circumpositional phrases

Generally speaking, all circumpositional phrases can be used directionally, just like postpositional phrases. It is therefore not surprising that circumpositional phrases have the same modification possibilities as the postpositional ones. If the denoted path is not inherently bounded, as in (75a), the circumpositional phrase can be modified by a nominal measure phrase. If the path is bounded, as in (75b), the modifiers helemaal and gedeeltelijk can be used.

a. Jan zwom drie kilometer tegen de stroom in.
  Jan swam  three kilometers  against  the current  in
b. Jan rende gedeeltelijk/helemaal naar Groningen toe.
  Jan ran  partly/completely  to  Groningen  toe
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