• (British) IPA: /ˈkætn̩ə.tɪv/, /ˈkæt.ə.neɪ.tɪv/

catenative (not comparable)

  1. Having the ability to catenate, or form chains.
    • 1980, Grzegorz Rozenberg, Arto Salomaa, The Mathematical Theory of L Systems, page 20 ↗,
      In this section we shall investigate some of the basic properties of D0L systems that generate locally catenative sequences. These locally catenative D0L systems form one of the mathematically most natural subclasses of the class of D0L systems.
    • 2004, Stephan Gramley, Kurt-Michael Pätzold, A Survey of Modern English, 2nd Edition, page 135 ↗,
      Nonfinite complements which refer to a time before that of the main or catenative predicator are exclusively expressed by {-ing} forms (e.g. I remember doing it; She admits going; They deny being there).
Related terms Translations
  • French: caténatif
  • Russian: катенативный
  • Spanish: catenativo

catenative (plural catenatives)

  1. (linguistics) A catenative verb.
    • 2010, Stanley E. Porter, Jeffrey T. Reed, Matthew Brook O'Donnell, Fundamentals of New Testament Greek, page 351 ↗,
      Unlike periphrastics, however, catenatives combine certain verbs (e.g., impersonal δεῖ) with an infinitive.
    • 2014, Paula Menyuk, Jacqueline W. Liebergott, Martin C. Schultz, Early Language Development in Full-term and Premature Infants, page 225 ↗,
      Sentences containing catenatives (e.g., gonna, wanna, haveta, etc.) have one proposition, coded by the main verb following these.

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