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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
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syntagme verbal
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