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This paper explores the syntactic phenomena in small clauses in English, and investigates into the derivations of small clauses. We show that two distinct operations, "Spec-head agrement" and "multiple Case checking", at two distinct levels of representation are required for feature agreement in small clauses in the Minimalist Program framework, while a single syntactic operation Agree is sufficient for both overt ϕ-feature agreement and Case assignment in small clauses in the Minimalist Inquiries framework. This result thus supports the framework of Minimalist Inquiries as improved grammatical theory. We propose that the null copula BE mediates between subjects and predicates of small clauses in inducing agreement that holds between these phrases.