From: yochanan bitan (ButhFam@compuserve.com)
Date: Fri Sep 10 1999 - 04:31:15 EDT
>In my limited brain, I am unable to see the difference of EN + the dative
>or the naked dative which expresses sphere.
[good. because 'sphere' isn't a grammatical function or relationship
anyway. it is a metaphor used by grammarians that says their analytical
system has run out of distinctions. it could have been called the 'brown
paper bag' function.]
on your question, en + dative is more explicitly restricting a dative
phrase by excluding benefactive from among the possible options as well as
providing redundance for its contextual dative function.
[unless you want to include the semitizing en+ dative= "against" as a form
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