I am hungry for breakfast

is an example of such collocation while

I have lived by the bay area

isn't because it has a slightly different grammatical pattern.

My question is whether there are sentences like

I am hungry in XYZ for ABC.

in general and in particular as stated above?

  • 'I am hungry in the worst way for breakfast',
    – Mitch
    Dec 17, 2015 at 16:28
  • @Mitch. That's good: it works because (at least semantically) "hungry in the worst way" functions as a complex verb which still has for breakfast as its complement.
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 17, 2015 at 17:21

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"I am hungry in the morning for breakfast" looks like it fits the bill.

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    I find it awkward, and just barely acceptable, though.
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 17, 2015 at 16:11
  • What @Colin said. I think [almost?] all native speakers would much prefer I am hungry for breakfast in the morning. Is there a recognized "Royal Order of Adverbial Clauses" as with adjectives? Dec 17, 2015 at 16:23
  • This is not a case of two adverbial clauses. For breakfast is a complement of hungry; in the morning is an adjunct. The normal order is for arguments (eg complements) to be closer to the head than adjuncts. There are circumstances in which this is overridden, but this is the normal rule.
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 17, 2015 at 17:19

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