Grammar in EAP

Verbs and Verbal Groups: Exercise

Verbal Group

A verbal group is typically a group with a verb as its Head. That verb is likely to be modified either before the verb (pre-modification) with auxiliary verbs or after the verb (post-modification or qualification) or both. An example is "has been eaten".

Complete the table by adding the missing finite Verbal Groups.

 

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Voice

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Lexical VERB

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Verbal Group

 

+(do) not

+ed

+ M

have +en

be +ing

be +en

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± = you have a completely free choice whether or not to choose this
Modal = will, may, can, shall
Modal+ed = would, might, could, should
+en = + past participle (third form)
+ing = + present participle (-ing form)

be = be, is, are
be+ed = was, were
be+en = been
be+ing = being
have = have, has
have+ed = had
have+en = had

Try these exercises: Identifing Verbal Groups: Exercise & Correcting Verbal Group

 

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