Proper Binding Condition
A syntactic condition that movement must target a c-commanding position.
√ calf as the head of the object NP can move to HAVE because movement is known to obey the Proper Binding Condition. In (i), V c-commands N, so the nominal root may move to the light verb as desired.
(i) VP / \ / \ V NP | | | N' | | | N | | HAVE √calf
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