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Verb phrase

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A verb phrase (VP) is a phrase whose head is a verb. A verb phrase consists of a verb, often one or two complements, and any number of adjuncts.

Examples:

In the sentence

Mary saw the man through the window. The VP is the whole sequence saw the man through the window, whereas Mary is the noun phrase (NP).

In John gave Mary a book, the VP is gave Mary a book.

And finally the VP may consist of a single verb

The baby cried. Here cried is the VP.


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