Multi-word verb

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Multi-word verbs are verbs that consist of more than one word,.[1] This term may cover both periphrasis as in combinations involving modal or semi-modal auxiliaries with an additional verbal or other lexeme, e.g. had better, used to, be going to, ought to, phrasal verbs, as in combinations of verbs and particles,[2] and compound verbs as in light-verb constructions, e.g. take a shower, have a meal.


  1. ^ "Multi-word verbs". British Council. Retrieved 2011-11-24. 
  2. ^ Beate Haba (2011), Between Heads and Phrases: Particles in English Phrasal Verbs, GRIN Verlag, pp. 6–10, ISBN 978-3-640-83275-0 

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