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    to provide the sentence meaning

    Writers have attempted to provide the sentence meaning through context, the first of which was written by Chinese linguist Yuen Ren Chao.
    (Colorless green ideas sleep furiously; Wikipedia)

    I think that it should be "...to provide the sentence with meaning...".
    Am I right and if I am is it a common mistake that native speakers make?

    Thanks.

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    Re: to provide the sentence meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    (Colorless green ideas sleep furiously; Wikipedia) Writers have attempted to provide the sentence meaning through context, the first of which was written by Chinese linguist Yuen Ren Chao.
    An attempt was also made by a UE poet here: Well-Formed

    I think that it should be "...to provide the sentence with meaning...".
    Am I right and if I am is it a common mistake that native speakers make?
    If the writer meant 'the meaning of the sentence' by 'the sentence meaning', then it's fine.

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