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a word used as the final verb in a verb phrase, expressing the lexical meaning of the verb phrase, as drink in I don't drink, going in I am going, or spoken in We have spoken. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Don't waste the main verb of the sentence on a minor action while expressing the principal action in a subordinate clause.

  • But here the main verb is heard, whereas, according to his explanation, grammar would require hear.

    The Fatal Dowry Philip Massinger
  • By the auxiliary form, either inflected or impersonal, with the infinitive or a participle of the main verb.

  • An indirect statement is joined to the main verb or sentence by the subordinating conjunction ke, that.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto Ivy Kellerman Reed

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