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    Exclamation Where is the verb?

    in the sentence below:

    When a club of Liverpool’s history and tradition pull off a treble of cup wins, as they did in 2001, with the FA, League and UEFA trophies under Gérard Houllier, you are bound to feel a tremor of dread.


    1- Is the verb "wins"?
    2- so what's the function of "pull of"?
    3-"a treble of cup", what does mean?


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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

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    The phrasal verb is "pull off".
    Pull off - English Phrasal Verb - UsingEnglish.com

    "a treble of cup wins" = winning three competitions in which the trophies are championship cups.

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    In your context 'win' is a noun, so 'a treble of wins' = three wins (three 'winning' times).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    If the pull off is the verb, would you please tell me where is the subject?
    I think that the subject would be "a club" if so, the verb "pull off" would have come with "s": pulls off. Am I righ?

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    If the pull off is the verb, would you please tell me where is the subject?
    I think that the subject would be "a club" if so, the verb "pull off" would have come with "s": pulls off. Am I righ?
    It's fine with "pull off" or "pulls off" in BrE.

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's fine with "pull off" or "pulls off" in BrE.
    I guess in AmE it's only pulls off that is correct.

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    I guess in AmE it's only pulls off that is correct.
    I think so.

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    If the pull off is the verb, would you please tell me where is the subject?
    I think that the subject would be "a club" if so, the verb "pull off" would have come with "s": pulls off. Am I right?
    Sometimes words such as 'police', 'family', 'team', 'club' etc. are used as plurals (with the corresponding form of the verb) when they are regarded as a group of individuals.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Default Re: Where is the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think so.
    Yes, "club" would be singular in AmE.

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