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verb phrase

noun, Grammar.
1.
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.
2.
a phrase consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries but not including modifiers, objects, or complements.
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  • So the word bought is a part of the verb phrase, are bought.

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  • When we use a verb phrase, it expresses some other time than the past or present.

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  • The simple predicate is the verb or verb phrase without its modifiers.

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  • The negative not very often separates the words forming a verb phrase.

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  • In this sentence, work is the subject of the sentence and will be commenced is the verb phrase.

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  • Has diminished is the verb phrase, which is the simple predicate of this sentence.

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  • When we ask the question what millions do, our question is answered by the verb phrase, do live.

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  • In the following poem, mark every noun and every verb and verb phrase.

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  • Remember that sometimes we have several words combined into a verb phrase and used as a single verb.

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  • We denote future time by use of a verb phrase made by placing shall or will before the simple form of the verb.

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British Dictionary definitions for verb phrase

verb phrase

noun
1.
(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 sentence VP
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