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equi NP deletion

noun, Linguistics.
a rule of transformational grammar that deletes the underlying subject of a complement clause if it is coreferential with the subject or object of the main clause, as in John promised to return the money, where the underlying subject (John) of return has been deleted.
Also called equi.
Origin of equi NP deletion
apparently short for equivalent NP Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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