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Table 2: 
Minimal pairs from each of the twelve linguistic phenomenon categories covered by BLiMP. Differences are underlined. N is the number of 1,000-example minimal pair paradigms within each broad category.
PhenomenonNAcceptable ExampleUnacceptable Example
Anaphor agr. Many girls insulted themselves. Many girls insulted herself. 
Arg. structure Rose wasn’t disturbing Mark. Rose wasn’t boasting Mark. 
Binding Carlos said that Lori helped him. Carlos said that Lori helped himself. 
Control/raising There was bound to be a fish escaping. There was unable to be a fish escaping. 
Det.-noun agr. Rachelle had bought that chair. Rachelle had bought that chairs. 
Ellipsis Anne’s doctor cleans one important book and Stacey cleans a few. Anne’s doctor cleans one book and Stacey cleans a few important. 
Filler-gap Brett knew what many waiters find. Brett knew that many waiters find. 
Irregular forms Aaron broke the unicycle. Aaron broken the unicycle. 
Island effects Whose hat should Tonya wear? Whose should Tonya wear hat? 
NPI licensing The truck has clearly tipped over. The truck has ever tipped over. 
Quantifiers No boy knew fewer than six guys. No boy knew at most six guys. 
Subject-verb agr. These casseroles disgust Kayla. These casseroles disgusts Kayla. 
PhenomenonNAcceptable ExampleUnacceptable Example
Anaphor agr. Many girls insulted themselves. Many girls insulted herself. 
Arg. structure Rose wasn’t disturbing Mark. Rose wasn’t boasting Mark. 
Binding Carlos said that Lori helped him. Carlos said that Lori helped himself. 
Control/raising There was bound to be a fish escaping. There was unable to be a fish escaping. 
Det.-noun agr. Rachelle had bought that chair. Rachelle had bought that chairs. 
Ellipsis Anne’s doctor cleans one important book and Stacey cleans a few. Anne’s doctor cleans one book and Stacey cleans a few important. 
Filler-gap Brett knew what many waiters find. Brett knew that many waiters find. 
Irregular forms Aaron broke the unicycle. Aaron broken the unicycle. 
Island effects Whose hat should Tonya wear? Whose should Tonya wear hat? 
NPI licensing The truck has clearly tipped over. The truck has ever tipped over. 
Quantifiers No boy knew fewer than six guys. No boy knew at most six guys. 
Subject-verb agr. These casseroles disgust Kayla. These casseroles disgusts Kayla. 
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