Glossary: heavy noun phrase shift
ExplanationA syntactic process by which a noun phrase that is 'heavy' (i.e. long and/or complex) is moved to a position towards the end of a sentence. English has a tendency towards heavy noun phrase shift, and heavy noun phrases often seem easier to understand or interpret when they occur later in a sentence rather than earlier.
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