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    null constituents

    hello everyone

    I have a huge problem with null constituents, especially with PRO null subject and some sentences like:
    (a) It would be nice [TP PRO each [T to] help the other]
    (b) It would be nice [TP PRO [T to] each help the other]

    Why there is "each other" disconnected? It seems and sounds weird and I have never heard of such word order [each to help the other] / [to each help the other]

    and other:
    (a) They each had wanted to help the other
    (b) They had each wanted to help the other
    (c) I expected [them each to help the other]
    (d) I expected [them to each help the other]

    Thanks a lot for any help!

    The sentences were taken from "Analysing English Sentences" by A.Redford


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    Re: null constituents

    Try replacing each with both in a-d and see if they make sense to you.

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