particle separation

noun

transformational grammar a rule that moves the particle of a phrasal verb, thus deriving a sentence like He looked the answer up from a structure that also underlies He looked up the answer

Nearby words

  1. particle accelerator,
  2. particle beam,
  3. particle beam weapon,
  4. particle board,
  5. particle physics,
  6. particle velocity,
  7. particles, elementary,
  8. particular,
  9. particular affirmative,
  10. particular average

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