English Grammar: Verb Phrase

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Definition:

The verb phrase is the main verb plus the complement, object, and/or adverbial:

She sent me a lovely birthday card. (everything except the subject, 'she', is the verb phrase)

See Also:

Auxiliary Verb; Ditransitive Verb; Dynamic Verb; Finite Verb; Inchoative Verb; Intransitive Verb; Irregular Verb; Modal Verb; Performative Verb; Regular Verb; Stative Verb; Transitive Verb; Verb Group

Category:

Verbs and Tenses

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