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What Are Compound Verbs? (with Examples)
A compound verb is a single verb
made up of more than one word.
Examples of Compound Verbs
Compound verbs come in one of four forms:
A Prepositional Verb
A Phrasal Verb
- to opt for
- to rely on
- to bow out
A Verb with Auxiliaries
- to tear off
- to take away
- to work out
Read more about auxiliary verbs
- was running
- had been taken
- will be considering
A Compound Single-word Verb
- to flyby
- to water-proof
- to babysit
Examples of Compound Verbs in Sentences
Here are some examples of compound verbs in sentences:
- I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. (Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948)
(This is a prepositional verb.)
- Take the miseries away, and you take away some folks' reason for living. (Toni Cade Bambara)
(This is a phrasal verb.)
- It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this. (Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970)
(These are examples of a verb with its auxiliaries.)
- We need to idiot-proof this program against some very talented idiots.
(This is a compound single-word verb.)
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