‘You know the person making them’ (reduced verbING clause)

Pearson’s GSE 56 B1+ is defined:

“reduced” defining (restrictive) relative clauses with verb +-ing.

This point will overlap: verb of senses + object + verbing


This is difficult grammar to find in corpora since many other structures get caught.  We have done a search with a full stop to narrow out questions.  Our search string is:  ‘. the _NN _VVG’ in iWeb and then we manually removed almost everything that doesn’t contain a human subject.  Finally, we chose those specific results looking for preceding lexical verbs.  Those results have been put to the right.


4 . THE PERSON MAKING 260

1 NOTIFY THE PERSON MAKING 35
2 KNOW THE PERSON MAKING 20

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3 PROVIDE THE PERSON MAKING 17
4 CONTACT THE PERSON MAKING 14
5 IDENTIFY THE PERSON MAKING 12


5 . THE PEOPLE WORKING 259

Noise levels in hospitals have doubled in the last few years, and it affects not just the patients, but also the people working there.

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1 KNOW THE PEOPLE WORKING 13
2 ASK THE PEOPLE WORKING 12


6 . THE PEOPLE LIVING 226
9 . THE PERSON RECEIVING 199
11 . THE PEOPLE RUNNING 175
17 . THE PEOPLE MAKING 106

18 . THE LIGHT COMING 103

1 SEE THE LIGHT COMING 53
2 BLOCK THE LIGHT COMING 25
3 MEASURE THE LIGHT COMING 22
4 SAW A LIGHT COMING 19
5 CONTROL THE LIGHT COMING 15

 

23 . THE PERSON HOLDING 92
26 . THE PERSON TAKING 87
29 . THE ACTOR PLAYING 86
30 . THE PERSON USING 84
34 . THE PERSON SIGNING 78

35 . THE SOUND COMING 78

37 . THE PARTY SEEKING 76
40 . THE PARTY REQUESTING 73
41 . THE PERSON REQUESTING 72

43 . THE AIR COMING 71

45 . THE PERSON SITTING 69
46 . THE MAN SITTING 68
47 . THE PERSON GIVING 68

48 . THE WATER COMING 68

49 . THE PEOPLE WATCHING 67