grammatical and meaning criteria??
For the following noun compound and noun phrase (in bold), I don't understand how to describle the grammatical and meaning criteria you apply for distinguishing the compounds from the phrases?
1. The heavyweight won by a knockout.
2. I bet you can't lift that heavy weight.
Re: grammatical and meaning criteria??
Originally Posted by Fame
In 1 the heavyweight is a person, a boxer.
In 2 the weight is an object, a thing, that happens to be heavy.
A boxer could also be a lightweight, welterweight etc. These are different classes, or categories, of boxers.
A weight could be heavy, light etc.
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