What is theta theory? Which part of grammar does it affect? Discuss with an example of your own.

Theta theory is concerned with the verb. It focuses on the ways in which nouns relate to the verb and how that relationship is central to understanding the predicament of a given sentence.

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Theta theory—also known as theta role or thematic relations—is mostly concerned with verbs. At the center of theta theory lies the belief that the most important part of a sentence is the verb. Someone under the sway of theta theory believes that the noun’s relationship to the verb provides the key to understanding of the predicament or action conveyed in a given sentence.

Typically, in theta theory, the nouns are assigned a role in relation to...

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