What does verb phrase mean?

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  1. predicate, verb phrase(noun)

    one of the two main constituents of a sentence; the predicate contains the verb and its complements


  1. verb phrase(Noun)

    A construction in a clause consisting of a verb and its internal complements, objects, or modifiers.

  2. verb phrase(Noun)

    A phrase that functions syntactically as a verb, consisting of a main verb and any auxiliaries.


  1. Verb phrase

    In linguistics, a verb phrase or VP is a syntactic unit composed of at least one verb and the dependents of that verb – objects, complements and other modifiers, but not including the subject. Thus in the sentence A fat man put the jewels quickly in the box, the words put the jewels quickly in the box may be considered a verb phrase – this consists of the verb put and its dependents, but not its subject a fat man. A verb phrase is therefore similar to what is considered a predicate in some contexts. Verb phrases may be either finite or non-finite. While phrase structure grammars acknowledge both types of VP, dependency grammars reject the existence of a finite VP constituent. In this regard, the understanding of verb phrases can be dependent on which theory is being considered.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of verb phrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of verb phrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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