syntactic construction

noun

Definition of syntactic construction

: a grammatical construction having only free forms as immediate constituents and having no formal characteristics identifying it as a compound (such as “he went to school”) — compare morphological construction

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“Syntactic construction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syntactic%20construction. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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