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    verbs and subjects ?

    In the sentence "the players are enjoying the game", are both "are" and "enjoying" verbs ? And what about : "Be happy !" Is this a phrasal verb and is "be happy" the verb, or only "be" ?

    And in the sentence "my grandfather and my grandmother are still healthy", is "my grandfather and my grandmother" the subject, or are there two subjects in this sentence : "my grandfather" and "my grandmother" ?

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    Re: verbs and subjects ?

    Hello birgit33,


    [1] The players are enjoying the game.

    Are is a form of the verb BE and enjoying is a present participle. Together BE + -ing form a continuous verb (also called a progressive verb). The verb is are enjoying.


    [2] Be happy.

    Be is a verb and happy is an adjective. Be happy is not a phrasal verb.



    [3] My grandfather and my grandmother are still healthy.

    The subject is the entire phrase my grandfather and my grandmother.

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    Re: verbs and subjects ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Are is a form of the verb BE and enjoying is a present participle. Together BE + -ing form a continuous verb (also called a progressive verb). The verb is are enjoying.
    I call this the continuous (or progressive) aspect or tense of the verb, rather than a continuous (or progressive) verb.

    I refer to the ing-form of the verb rather than the present participle.

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    Re: verbs and subjects ?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I call this the continuous (or progressive) aspect or tense of the verb, rather than a continuous (or progressive) verb.

    I refer to the ing-form of the verb rather than the present participle.
    Hurray for you.

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