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Verb Phrases

A verb phrase is a group of words that functions as a verb in a sentence. It consists of a main verb and any auxiliary verbs or modals that are used with the main verb.

Here are some examples of verb phrases:

  • Have been studying (main verb: “studying”; auxiliary verb: “have been”)
  • Will be leaving (main verb: “leaving”; auxiliary verb: “will be”)
  • Might have eaten (main verb: “eaten”; auxiliary verb: “might have”)
  • Should be working (main verb: “working”; auxiliary verb: “should be”)

In each of these examples, the verb phrase is the verb in the sentence and it expresses the action or state of being of the subject. The auxiliary verbs “have been,” “will be,” “might have,” and “should be” provide additional information about the main verb and help to form verb tenses.

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