Purpose Clause (definition)

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Purpose clauses are adjunct clauses that express the point or purpose of the action described by the main verb. An example is the phrase to buy bread in the sentence He stopped to buy bread. In Gaelic these are marked with the infinitive marker A (infinitive marker), not to be confused with A' (aspect marker) nor A (transitive marker)

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  • Schmidtke-Bode, Karsten (2009). A Typology of Purpose Clauses (Typological Studies in Language). John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 229