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    verbal phrase parsing

    What's the verb in the following sentences:

    She's looking after the kids.

    1. 'is looking after' is the verb?

    I've decided to give up smoking.

    2. 'have decided' is the verb?

    3. 'to give up' is an infinitive serving as object of 'decided'?

    4. 'smoking' is the gerund object of verbal 'to give up'?

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    Re: verbal phrase parsing

    [1] She is looking after the kids.
    <from the phrasal verb to look after>

    [2] I have decided to give up smoking.
    'have decided' is the verb?
    'to give up' is an infinitive serving as object.
    'smoking' is a gerund.

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