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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will learn about four types of compound verbs: prepositional verbs, phrasal verbs, verbs with auxiliaries, and compound single-word verbs. After the lesson, try some practice sentences in the quiz.

Compound Verbs

A compound verb is a verb that consists of more than one word. There are several types of compound verbs including: prepositional verbs, phrasal verbs, verbs with auxiliaries, and compound single-word verbs. Let's find out about each of these types of verbs.

Types of Compound Verbs

There are four types of compound verbs.

A prepositional verb is when a verb and a preposition come together to form a new phrase. Prepositional verbs may not be separated within a sentence.

For example:

  • Mr. DeJulius asked for sources to be cited on our research paper.
  • Michael argues with Robert about politics.

A phrasal verb is when a verb and a word from another part of speech combine to function as a verb. Phrasal verbs are sometimes disconnected within the sentence. Frequently, the two words that comprise a phrasal verb do not retain their literal meaning.

For example:

  • Tammy ran away from home.
  • Patrick looked up the phone numbers of all the members.

A verb with auxiliaries combines a helping verb (have, has, had, am, be, been, is, are, was, or were) with another verb.

For example:

  • Mrs. Behrens was helping another student, so she could not answer my question.
  • Tiffany is washing her car.

A compound single-word verb is when a compound word, whether separated by a hyphen or not, functions as the verb.

For example:

  • Jaimie daydreams during class.
  • Darlene sight-reads sheet music.

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