verb phrase


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verb phrase

n. Abbr. VP
1. A phrase consisting of a verb and its auxiliaries, as should be done in the sentence The students should be done with the exam by noon.
2. A phrase consisting of a verb, its auxiliaries, its complements, and other modifiers, as should be done with the exam by noon in the sentence The students should be done with the exam by noon.

verb phrase

n
(Grammar) 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. Abbreviation: VP
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Noun1.verb phrase - one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements
phrase - an expression consisting of one or more words forming a grammatical constituent of a sentence
Translations
syntagme verbal
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Note, however, that if the as well as phrase is linking a verb phrase to an infinitive phrase, the verb in the verb phrase should be a bare infinitive (the verb stem, without to):
Here the verb phrase did dust is split by the subject the baker.
It is for this reason that they include the analysis of the verb phrase, a central element in grammar, in the search for substantial variation in recent past.
Table 1: Acceptability ratings depending on the aspectual class of the verb phrase.
If however, a non-postposed object NP follows the subjunctive verb, two things happen: the low tone on the final vowel of the verb changes to a high tone and there is lengthening of the penultimate syllable of the item that is on the right-most edge of the verb phrase (ex.
Since chat is the direct object of the verb late, the verb phrase is intransitive.
This noun phrase in turn is likely to be followed by a verb phrase, "[[Un gouminet].
Primary auxiliaries (be, have, do)--used to build complex verb phrases
For this purpose, the following structures were considered: adverbial phrase, adjectival phrase, noun phrase, prepositional phrase, and verb phrase, adverbials in dependent clauses and those used parenthetically.
a, b, c), and many other similar divergences, it is obvious that the subjects suffer from vagueness related to the semantics of the verb phrase.
The Japanese modifying verb phrase (mvp) X NIMUKETA is translated as modifying adpositional phrase (map) toward X.
I show evidence for a verb phrase in WC Bajau, in one (and possibly two) voices.