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The present participle. - The periphrastic forms such as was fighting, were fighting of Modern English were not used frequently in Old English. Their notions could be expressed by the past tense forms and usually were. Verb phrases made up of a form of beon and a present participle did not occur in the corpus studied here, though they did appear in the earlier part of the Chronicle. In the text here being analyzed, however, there were three instances of the use of present participles in association with finite verbs.

Elson and Pickett, op. , p. 59. 30 INTRODUCTION (1) for agenes him risen sona J>a riceman pe wseron swikes. 17-18) (2) Air he waere wel ded. J>a waere {)ser coren twa papes. 17-18) (3) Gif twa men öfter Hi coman ridend to an tun. al f)e tunscipe flugaen for heom. 3-4) , In the first example, pe waeron swikes, an adjectival clause, does not operate at either T-unit or clause level, but at phrase level, for it fills a post-positional modifying slot, the head of which is riceman. In the second example, xr he waere wel ded, an adverbial clause, fills a clause-level slot, the slot of the time tagmeme.

And with him went Bishop Bernard of Wales, and Sefred, abbot of Glastonbury, and Anselm, abbot of St. 18-21) (2) f a scyrte da flescmete y se ceose y se butere. 24-25) This was generally true also if the coordinated filler of the subject slot was separated and stood after the predicator. Two typical examples are as follows: (1) ι sone pe cosan abbot ferde 7 te muneces mid him to Oxenforde to J>e king. 33-34) (2) y Jjeonen he ferde to Wudestoke. y his biscopes y his hird eal mid him. 3-4) In the inverted order (VS) the verb was, as a rule, singular even if one of the compound fillers of the subject slot was plural: PRIMARY CLAUSE-LEVEL TAGMEMES 39 mid him ferde pes kinges stiward of France Amalri.

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