Results 1 to 7 of 7
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Danish
      • Home Country:
      • Denmark
      • Current Location:
      • Denmark

    • Join Date: Jul 2008
    • Posts: 281
    #1

    "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    "She is named after her father." How many verbs are there in this sentence, only one : "is" or is "named' also a verb ?


    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 966
    #2

    Re: "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    "She is named after her father." How many verbs are there in this sentence, only one : "is" or is "named' also a verb ?
    It is very important to note that VERB is used in two senses:

    • The verb is one of the elements in clause structure, like the subject and the object.
    • A verb is a member of a word class, like noun and adjective.


    The two senses are related in this way: A VERB PHRASE consists of one or more verbs; the verb phrase operates as the verb in the clause.
    As a word class, verbs can be categorized according to their function within the verb phrase (VP):

    1. full verbs or lexical verbs
    2. primary verbs (either main verb or auxiliary)
    3. auxiliary verbs


    Now let us take a look at your sentence:

    She is named after her father.
    is named after is the verb (phrase) in this sentence, which is realized by two lexical verbs:

    1. is (primary verb; passive auxiliary in present tense and singular first person)
    2. named after (full verb plus prep; prepositional verb in past participle form)


    Does this help?
    Last edited by Kondorosi; 20-Jan-2010 at 12:42.

  1. indonesia's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Indonesia

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 111
    #3

    Re: "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    Is the above sentence in the passive voice then?

    If so, how could we make it active?


    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 966
    #4

    Re: "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    Someone gave her her father's name.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Oriya
      • Home Country:
      • India
      • Current Location:
      • India

    • Join Date: Mar 2008
    • Posts: 2,121
    #5

    Exclamation Re: "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by ph2004 View Post
    "She is named after her father." How many verbs are there in this sentence, only one : "is" or is "named' also a verb ?
    Here you have two verbs (An auxiliary verb 'is' and a main verb in the past participle form 'named'), because the sentence is in passive form. A sentence in passive form always needs an auxiliary verb be (is, are, were etc) and past participle form of the main verb. Look at a typical example of active and passive sentence
    Shakespeare wrote Hamlet.(active voice/form)
    Hamlet was written by Shakespeare. (Passive voice/form)
    In active sentences, the thing doing the action is the subject of the sentence and the thing receiving the action is the object. Most sentences are active.

    In passive sentences, the thing receiving the action is the subject of the sentence and the thing doing the action is optionally included at the end of the end of the sentence. We use the passive form if the thing receiving the action is more important. We also use the passive form if we do not know who is doing the action or if we do not want to mention who is doing the action.
    In your sentence, who(someone) has named her is not known, so passive form is used;
    She is named after her father by some one. (Passive form)
    Some one named her after her father. (active form in the simple past tense)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 21-Jan-2010 at 10:13.


    • Join Date: Nov 2009
    • Posts: 966
    #6

    Re: "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    Someone named her after her father. (active form in the simple past tense)

  2. euncu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 1,314
    #7

    Re: "She is named..." How many verbs ?

    Her father's name was given her.

Similar Threads

  1. Modals
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-Oct-2009, 13:28
  2. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-May-2009, 03:00
  3. two- word verbs
    By amady in forum English Phrasal Verbs
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 13-Jan-2008, 22:54
  4. Troubling phrasal verbs and idioms
    By tangelatm in forum English Idioms and Sayings
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 30-Oct-2006, 23:12
  5. Phrasal Verbs Decoded
    By kvinchuca in forum English Phrasal Verbs
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-Dec-2005, 16:39

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •