the contiually increasing proportions
Well, it's not a verb/adjective combination. What kind of meaning
is involved between the two nouns
proportions and women?
Is the phrase about a description of women or a dividing up of the category
I'd call it partitive. It's of the #1 type with the 1st noun
dividing up the 2nd noun. Do you agree? Notice that we really can't
turn this phrase into an s-genitive for the same meaning: *women's proportions.
Well, that has a different meaning entirely.
the ranks of paid labor
phrase is actually pretty idiomatic, isn't it? Always used to talk
about groups of workers. Ranks of teachers, ranks of students,
etc. Whatever rank and file means.... Here the 1st word is
again about a grouping and I can't use *paid labor's ranks" very easily.
So, I'd put it with the partitives, but I'm also starting to think that
we need a category for set phrases--or phrases that are used repeatedly
with the same types of content.
a transformation of consumer patterns, relations at work, self-concepts,
and relationships with boyfriends, husbands, and children
sample is not about dividing things into groups or pieces or sets or numbers.
And the meaning works in the direction of #2: The nouns that come after
are describing the word transformation--they are telling us what
type of transformation. Notice that we can change the order around
to get phrases like: consumer pattern transformation, self-concept transformation.
It's also one of those objective patterns with nominalization of the verb
transform: the phrase can be analyzed as meaning "Working out of
the home transforms consumer patterns, relations at work, self-concepts,
and relations with boyfriends, husbands, and children."
One of the most significant aspects
goodness, an easy one. It's counting. It's a Type #1.
the most significant aspects of the quiet revolution
Ummmmmm. Well, whatdaja think? Type #1? Type #2?
We can say: the quiet revolution's most significant aspects....
And this phrase is the focus of the partitive one of.... The
word aspects is an interesting puzzle for us. It does mean
something about a part or feature of something--and that seems partitive.
On the other hand, it can easily be used with the s-genitive. I'd
like to see more examples from authentic contexts to get a sense of how
the word is really used rather than trying to make up a "rule" for this
particular word. The Collins Cobuild Dictionary of the English
Language is a corpus-based student's dictionary. They list uses
of aspect in sentences such as these: The most terrifying aspect
of nuclear bombing is radiation... Economic affairs have got political
and psychological aspects to them. I also wonder about the importance
of this word in academic writing--I would expect that it is used rather
frequently and most frequently with the of-phrase formation.
the proportion of married women with preschool children who work
work with the 1st example prepared us for this phrase. It's a Type
#1 that is counting the 2nd noun. So, partitive.
|7. the average of
all U.S. women
It's a Type #1. Partitive.
|8. the implications of
||This sample is not
about dividing things into groups or pieces or sets or numbers. And
the meaning works in the direction of #2: The nouns that come after
are describing the word implications. You could have an s-genitive:
These changes' implications--but all of those "s's" do make for a hissing
that I would avoid on stylistic grounds. Compare the implications
of this report = this report's implications. That's ok grammatically