Embedded Thoughts: Recognizing Verbal Phrases|
A verbal phrase is a verbal plus its completers and modifiers.
Like the verb it came from, a verbal may take a completer and modifiers.
Boiling* uses up more energy than frying* does. (verbals stand alone, without phrases)An embedded verbal phrase functions as a unit, acting the way a single word might to play a single role in a larger sentence:
The water is wonderful. (noun subject, verb, completer)
Because a verbal comes from a verb, it behaves like a verb in several ways. It can take a completer and modifiers. It can also express time and imply action. But a verbal cannot be the verb of a sentence.
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TIP FOR ESL STUDENTS:|
Click on the ESL icon at left to visit "Infinitive and Gerund Completers" for help in choosing between these two verbals. Practice these forms with a teacher or tutor.