In the book "Oxford Modern English Grammar",  5.1.2 - Complements in Phrases it states: "He wasn't particularly fond of Bax"

"The Head of this AdjP is the adjective fond which licences the PP..."

Essentially I'm trying to determine what complements are licensed by a phrase head for other words.

Many thanks,

Philip

 

 

 

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Any and all.  I think the reference I am after is the dictionary,  although, it's not easy to decipher when the complement is optional or required.   

I'm looking at the Oxford Shorter Dictionary, The Concise Oxford Dictionary, and even the OED (2nd edition).

A good text on verbs appears to be  "Big Book of English Verbs."

 

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