Structures with omitted prepositions: Semantic and pragmatic motivations

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In Hebrew syntax, the verb may be linked to its complement by mediation of various prepositions such as <i>be</i>- “in”, <i>'im </i>“with”, or without mediation of prepositions (Ø, which in certain conditions, may be substituted by the direct object marker <i>'et</i>). The article discusses instances in which the addresser chooses to use a structure without a preposition, whether such structure exists alongside a structure with a preposition, or whether the addresser innovatively creates a structure without a preposition. The preference of the structure without a preposition is due to various semantic and pragmatic motivations, such as expressing a more complete action or an action with the addition of adverbial meaning of intensity, and elevating the entity that is indicated by the complement to a higher level of importance.


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