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Predicative
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This section illustrates the use of a Noun Phrase (NP) as a predicative. A predicate denoting a profession is used without the indefinite article in copular clauses. If a predicative is expanded, the indefinite article is used again.

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The following phrases illustrate the use of an NP as a predicate:

Example 1

Ik fyn him in goeie feearts
I find him a good vet
I find him a good vet

Predicates denoting a profession are used without the indefinite article in copular clauses:

Example 2

a. Hy is fee-arts
he is vet
He is a vet
b. Hy is in eamelkont
he is a whine.ass
He is a sorehead

If they are expanded, the indefinite article is used again:

Example 3

a. Hy is in goede fee-arts
he is a good vet
He is a good vet
b. *Hy is goede fee-arts
he is good vet
He is a good vet

The article is also absent following asas:

Example 4

a. Hy wurket as fee-arts
he works as vet
He works as a vet
b. *Hy wurket as in fee-arts
he works as a vet
He works as a vet
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