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Agent is a semantic role denoting a participant that is actively involved in a situation (generally described by an action verb).
in (i)-(iii) Miguel is the Agent.
(i) Miguel chased Gianni (ii) Miguel gave Pedro some water (iii) Pedro was hit by Miguel
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