verb phrase

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Examples (linguistics)
  • Joe ran out the clock in the fourth quarter.
  • Marcy was unable to win the lottery.
  • The ice cream cones were being devoured as soon as they reached the childrens' hands.
Examples (grammar)
  • Joe ran out the clock in the fourth quarter.
  • Marcy was unable to win the lottery.
  • The ice cream cones were being devoured as soon as they reached the childrens' hands.

verb phrase (plural verb phrases)

  1. (linguistics) A construction in a clause consisting of a verb and its internal complements, objects, or modifiers.
  2. (grammar) A phrase that functions syntactically as a verb, consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries.

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