One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The part of a sentence containing the verb and any direct or indirect object, but not the subject.
- ‘Note the future tense employed by the operative verb phrase here: will support.’
- ‘But that verb doesn't have to be the very first word in the verb phrase.’
- ‘The subject nominal is in the oblique form and the verb phrase lacks tense and agreement markers.’
- ‘This latest version derives a representation of the sentence in terms of noun phrases, verb phrases, etc.’
- ‘We typically identify powers with a certain standard locution, employing the infinitives of verbs along with verb phrases.’
verb phrase/ˈvərb ˌfrāz/
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