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1The verb in a main clause.
- ‘The nearer the main verb is to its subject, the easier the sentence is to understand.’
- ‘Maybe Dickens needed a good sub-editor to remind him that the rules require sentences to contain proper main verbs.’
- ‘This was ‘translated’ from German, as shown by the placement of the main verb at the end of the sentence.’
- ‘Notice that verbs in three of the families may also stand alone and be the main verb of a sentence.’
- ‘An intermediate step is to put the ‘using’ clauses between the object and the main verb, like this.’
2The head of a verb phrase, for example eat in might have been going to eat it.
- ‘When writing the rule, always use the base form of the main verb and any auxiliary verbs.’
- ‘The combination of helping verbs with main verbs creates what are called verb phrases or verb strings.’
- ‘In the following examples, helping verbs are underlined and main verbs are shown in color’
- ‘It appears that the semi-modals are hybrid forms, combining characteristics of both main verbs and auxiliary verbs.’
- ‘Find the helping verbs and the main verbs in the sentences.’
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