7.1 Glossary - Key language concepts

Understanding words used to describe language and grammar will help you to improve your understanding of English more rapidly. This is a glossary of the most important terms used on this course.

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verb phrase

There are two definitions of verb phrase that people use. One is to describe a phrase which is made completely of verbs. For example the phrases highlighted in italics in the following sentence:

  • I have decided to go to France for my holiday this year.
  • He might have been driving his car.

Sometimes people use the term verb phrase to refer to a verb and any object that follows it:

verb phrase
verb noun phrase
eat a huge dinner
seek employment
have an argument with my best friend