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complementizer

[kom-pluh-muh n-tahy-zer] /ˈkɒm plə mənˌtaɪ zər/
noun, Linguistics
1.
an element or elements marking a complement clause, as that in We thought that you forgot, for … to in For you to go all the way there would be silly, or possessive … -ing in Barbara's leaving so early worried them.
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complementizer

/ˈkɒmplɪmənˌtaɪzə/
noun
1.
(generative grammar) a word or morpheme that serves to introduce a complement clause or a reduced form of such a clause, as that in I wish that he would leave
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