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My colleague broke his feelings. (English Syntax and ArgumentationEnglish Syntax and Argumentation, Bas Aarts)

ArtsAarts says this sentence is abnormal, because of the selectional restrictions: ‘feelings’ is abstract and not proper for the object of ‘broke.’ I can understand what he is saying. But is the case so strange enough to be selected by ArtsAarts? We can say ‘The death of his wife broke him completely.’ Then why can’t we say like the example?

My colleague broke his feelings. (English Syntax and Argumentation, Bas Aarts)

Arts says this sentence is abnormal, because of the selectional restrictions: ‘feelings’ is abstract and not proper for the object of ‘broke.’ I can understand what he is saying. But is the case so strange enough to be selected by Arts? We can say ‘The death of his wife broke him completely.’ Then why can’t we say like the example?

My colleague broke his feelings. (English Syntax and Argumentation, Bas Aarts)

Aarts says this sentence is abnormal, because of the selectional restrictions: ‘feelings’ is abstract and not proper for the object of ‘broke.’ I can understand what he is saying. But is the case so strange enough to be selected by Aarts? We can say ‘The death of his wife broke him completely.’ Then why can’t we say like the example?

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