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main verb

n.
The verb in a verb phrase that expresses the action, state, or relation and is not an auxiliary verb. In the sentence, The bird has flown, fly is the main verb.

main′ verb′


n.
a word used as the final verb in a verb phrase, expressing the lexical meaning of the verb phrase, as drink in I don't drink, going in I am going, or spoken in We have spoken.
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iv) passive participle as main verb and as adnominal adjunct
I would argue that intervening material is a matter of convention and that speakers develop ways of overcoming the time they have to wait for the main verb by anticipating what is likely to be said.
Nevertheless, despite the flexibility and variation of the collective noun with respect to verb number, this study demonstrates that the influence of the oblique noun, in particular of its morphology, is one of the determining factors of the plural number of the main verb.
We come to know why the learners insert be in front of the main verb, and why they violate subject-verb agreement rule in the tense under discussion.
Co-occurrence with another modal verb preceding dare is also corroborated by my data in E3, where the main verb selects a to-infinitive complement, as in (29).
In present tense the negative auxiliary with its person-markers is followed by the main verb, the connegative which is marked by a special morpheme, phonetically a glottal stop, attached to the verbal stem, but unmarked in the standard orthography.
25) The second element of the name, duh, is, as noted already, the logogram for pataru, the root of the main verb in the line.
Helping verbs always come before the main verb in the sentence, though they may sometimes be separated by other words, as in the question "Did the baker dust the cookie dough with powdered sugar?
Starting as a main verb and being later reanalysed would place DARE closer to 'core' modals, however, it has also been suggested that, since in Old English the verb lacked non-finite forms (MED, Visser 1963-1973: [section]1355, Warner 1993: 202, Beths 1999: 1089) and rarely took nominal complements, it "might not have been used as a lexical verb at all in OE" (Beths 1999: 1087).
In general, the main verb in the question helps to identify the semantic relation.
Categories of temporal reference were coded in terms of the temporal frame of reference indicated by the main verb in the utterance (Hudson, 2002).
Also in the above example we have the light verb complex (V1V2) consisting of the main verb V1 math and the light verb V2 ko/kol (for a detailed treatment of Pashto light verb constructions see Masood (2014).