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    #1

    main verb

    Hi,

    What is the main verb of this sentence?

    Jim may say this because he thinks it will make you feel better.

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: main verb

    Welcome to the forum, Megan.

    As a native English speaker, you must have some idea. Tell us what you think first.

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    Re: main verb

    Thank you.
    Though this has never come up during my school years (for some reason), I read a bit about it now and the answer seems to be "thinks". Am I right?

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    #4

    Re: main verb

    No, sorry. "Say" is the main verb, helped by "may."

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    #5

    Re: main verb

    Thank you for your response.

    Someone asked me to check out the answer to a multiple choice question: 11. Whatis the MAIN VERB of the following sentence? (circle one) (3)
    People may say this because they think it will make you feel better.” (line 4)
    c
    a. willmake
    b. feel
    c. maysay
    d. think
    I assumed the correct answer was c because I thought the main verb was that which is in the main clause of a sentence. That was the response I gave but then after reading a little about main verbs and auxiliary verbs, I got confused and thought I was wrong.

    Is the correct answer really c, despite it including "may"?

    Thanks again.


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    #6

    Re: main verb

    The main verb is say with the auxiliary, or helping, verb being may.

    Last edited by Tarheel; 18-Sep-2014 at 20:38. Reason: fix goof

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    #7

    Re: main verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The main verb is may with the auxiliary,or helping, verb verb being may.

    The main verb is "say."

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    Re: main verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Megan4 View Post
    Thank you for your response.

    Someone asked me to check out the answer to a multiple choice question: 11. Whatis the MAIN VERB of the following sentence? (circle one) (3)
    People may say this because they think it will make you feel better.” (line 4)
    c
    a. willmake
    b. feel
    c. maysay
    d. think
    I assumed the correct answer was c because I thought the main verb was that which is in the main clause of a sentence. That was the response I gave but then after reading a little about main verbs and auxiliary verbs, I got confused and thought I was wrong.

    Is the correct answer really c, despite it including "may"?

    Thanks again.
    The whole thing starting with "because" is a dependent clause. It can not stand alone. It must be part of another sentence. And since it is a dependent clause it can not be the main clause, hence it can not contain the main verb.

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    #9

    Re: main verb

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The main verb is "say."
    Yes, it is, of course. (That was a typing goof.)


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