Beneficiary (definition)

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A phrase whose underlying relationship with the main verb, or thematic role is that of receiving a benefit from the agent who performs the action or main verb in a sentence.

  1. The barista made the drink for the man.

In this sentence the man is benefiting from the action performed by the barista (the agent) in the sentence and is thus the beneficiary of the action

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  • Crystal, D. (2008) Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.