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Raising adjectives are the class of adjectives that
share with the copula and raising verbs the property
that the complement, rather than the verb, places semantic constraints on
They appear with the copula in a matrix clause, as in ((80)). However,
in other cases, such as that of small clauses ((81)), they do not
have to appear with the copula.
- Carl is likely to be a jerk .
Carl is likely to be upset .
Carl is likely to be in a foul mood .
Carl is likely to perjure himself .
- I consider Carl likely to perjure himself .