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What is a verb phrase?

 

Definition
 

Here are two senses for verb phrase:

 
  1. In traditional terminology, a verb phrase is a phrase that

  2. In generative grammar, a verb phrase is a syntactic unit that corresponds to the predicate. In addition to the verb, this includes auxiliaries, objects, object complements, and other constituents apart from the subject.
Generic
  A verb phrase is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 374

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 248–249

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 61


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