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4.2. Binominal constructions with a preposition
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Section 4.1 was mainly concerned with binominal constructions in which the two nouns may or must be adjacent. This section will deal with binominal constructions that contain a preposition. Section 4.2.1 starts with a discussion of N van een N constructions such as een schat van een kat, which obligatorily contain the preposition van and are used to express, e.g., metaphoric comparison: “a cat like a treasure”. This is followed in Section 4.2.2 by a discussion of the interrogative construction wat voor een N'what kind of N', which obligatorily contains the preposition voor, and in which the interrogative pronoun watis used to request a further specification of the set denoted by the second noun.

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