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extraposition

[ ek-struh-puh-zish-uhn ]

noun

, Linguistics.
  1. a rule of transformational grammar that shifts a subordinate or modifying clause to the end of a sentence, as in changing That you sign the paper is necessary to It is necessary that you sign the paper.


extraposition

/ ˌɛkstrəpəˈzɪʃən /

noun

  1. placement of something outside something else
  2. transformational grammar a rule that moves embedded clauses out to the end of the main clause, converting, for example, A man who will help has just arrived into A man has just arrived who will help


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Word History and Origins

Origin of extraposition1

1925–30; extra- + position; apparently coined by Otto Jespersen

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