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Verb phrases:

1 Introduction

Geoff Cockayne A verb phrase consists of a main verb and surrounding words which modify it.

The modifying words include auxiliary verbs, adverbs and prepositions.

The verb phrase contains tense, aspect and voice.

The verb phrase has its own meaning.

Peter [loves] Mary.
Peter Smith [doesn't really love] Mary Jones.
Peter [has loved] Mary since they met on holiday last year.
Peter [is going out with] Mary.
Peter [loved] Mary, so they got married and he still loves her.
Peter [loved] Mary until she spent all his money.