What Are Compound Verbs? (with Examples)

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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.
  • to opt for
  • to rely on
  • to bow out
A Phrasal Verb
  • to tear off
  • to take away
  • to work out
A Verb with Auxiliaries
  • was running
  • had been taken
  • will be considering
Read more about auxiliary verbs.

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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