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SYNTAX: verbs which denote an activity may be combined with a predicate to render a so-called resultative interpretation:

(i)   He smashed [the vase to pieces]
(ii)  They talked [him out of it]
(iii) She washed [the dirt off her face]
(iv)  The gardener watered [the flowers flat]
The brackets in (i)-(iv) reflect the small clause analysis of resultative constructions. This analysis has not remained unchallenged.
LIT. Carrier, J. & J.H. Randall (1992)
Hoekstra, J. (1988)