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As an adjunct specifying an activity to an aspectual verb of body posture
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The four verbs of body posture are sittesit, lizzelie, steanstand and hingjehang. These verbs have aspectual overtones involving durativity. They may be combined with an incorporated to-infinitival clause, as in the following example:

Example 1

Omdat er op 'e bank lei te tillevyzjesjen
because he on the couch lay to television.see
Because he lay on the couch watching television
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Some further examples are given below:

Example 2

a. Omdat ik siet te briefskriuwen
because I sat to letter.write
Because I sat writing a letter
b. Omdat er stie te ôfwaskjen
because he stood to down.wash
Because he stood there doing the dishes
c. Omdat se oan in trapeze hong te gefaarlik-dwaan
because she to a trapeze hung to dangerous-do
Because she was courting danger, hanging from a trapeze

The construction involves a clause denoting a durative activity based on a body posture, to which an adjunct has been appended denoting an activity.

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