Topic: Semantic role

These resources cover the semantic roles associated with participants who are referred to in clauses. For example, the dog is the agent in both The dog bit Kim and Kim was bitten by the dog, because it carries out the biting action.

Agents or non-agents?

In each of these examples the Subject is highlighted. For each one, decide whether or not the Subject identifies an agent (or more than one agent) who carries out an action.

Semantic roles

When we talk about grammar, we mostly discuss language from the point of view of its internal characteristics.

We can say that steered in the following example has a grammatical form, namely verb. More specificallty, we say that it is a verb in the past tense.

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