- a group of words including a verb and its complements, objects, or other modifiers that functions syntactically as a verb. In English a verb phrase combines with a noun or noun phrase acting as subject to form a simple sentence.
- a phrase consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries but not including modifiers, objects, or complements.
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A group of words that is used as a verb is called a verb-phrase.
The simple predicate of a sentence is a verb or verb-phrase.
A verb-phrase is a group of words that is used as a verb ( 15).
In ordinary language the indicative or a verb-phrase with may is used.
The auxiliary verb regularly comes first in a verb-phrase, and may be separated from the rest of it by some other word or words.
- grammar a constituent of a sentence that contains the verb and any direct and indirect objects but not the subject. It is a controversial question in grammatical theory whether or not this constituent is to be identified with the predicate of the sentenceAbbreviation: VP
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