Modifiers of the Verb Part 3: Verb Phrases

So far we’ve covered adverbs and prepositional phrases as modifiers of the verb. Both are very common—so common that we hardly think about using them in our writing (see?).

Today, I’m going to talk a bit about another kind of modifier: the verb phrase. (Remember, a phrase is a word or group of words that function as a unit in the sentence!)

A verb phrase is a verb form together with its modifiers and complements.[1] This includes the predicate of the sentence: the portion of the sentence containing the main verb. In the previous sentence, the predicate is includes the predicate of the sentence; it’s everything but This, which is the subject.

Infinitive Phrases

The first and most common verb phrase used as an adverb is the infinitive phrase. This is the base form of the verb plus “to.” So to go, to think, to run, etc. They often tell […]

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Verb Modifiers: Prepositional Phrases

Verb Modifiers: Prepositional Phrases

Today I’m going to discuss one of the most common modifiers in the English language: prepositional phrases. (Quick definition: a phrase is a word or group of words that functions as a unit in a sentence.[1])

A prepositional phrase is made of up two parts: a preposition and a noun or noun phrase.

Some common singe-word prepositions:

Above Across At Behind Below By Down For From In Into Like Near Of On Off Over Sine Through To Until Up Upon With Within

There are lots and lots more.

There are also two and three-word prepositions

According to As for Because of Next to Except for Thanks to Up to In accordance with In case of In charge of In lieu of In search of In spite of On account of On behalf of

 

Prepositional phrases (the word preposition comes from the fact that the words […]

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