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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.
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(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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|Noun||1.||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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