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Infinitival clauses forming a complex predicate with an Adjective Phrase (AP) must contain an unexpressed object argument that is coreferential with the argument of the complex predication.

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The infinitival clause must contain an unexpressed object argument ('that which is solved') that is coreferential with the argument of the complex predication:

Example 1

De som is maklik op te lossen
the sum is easy up to solve
The sum is easy to solve
The sum can easily be solved

The argument of the complex predication (the sum) must also satisfy the selection restrictions of the unexpressed object argument in the infinitival clause, that is, it must be something solvable, but it seems that it must also meet the selection restrictions of the adjective. Hence, arguments which fail to meet the selection restrictions of the adjective are excluded. In the example below, de gekthe fool forms an idiom with hawwehave meaning make fun of, to ridicule. In such cases, the construction is ungrammatical, because the idiomatic Noun Phrase (NP) the fool cannot be interpreted as a legitimate argument of the adjective maklikeasy:

Example 2

a. *De gek is maklik mei Obe te hawwen
the fool is easy with Obe to have
Lit: Fun is easy to make of Obe
b. It is maklik de gek mei Obe te hawwen
it is easy the fool with Obe te hawwen
It is easy to make fun of Obe
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