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parts of speech: main verb, auxiliary verb & modal verb

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parts of speech: main verb, auxiliary verb & modal verb

Postby Hela » Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:01 pm

Dear teacgers,

How should I parse the sentence: "He will have to get up early", please ?

will = modal auxiliary verb
have = auxiliary verb
to = infinitive particle
get up = main verb

OR

will = modal auxiliary verb
have to = modal auxiliary verb
get up = main verb

OR

will = modal auxiliary verb
have = auxiliary verb
to get up = infinitive verb

Thank you for your help.
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Re: parts of speech: main verb, auxiliary verb & modal verb

Postby Alan » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:08 am

All might be possible, depending on the particular school of grammatical analysis to which you adhere. The closest to a "traditional" parsing would be the first, although the phrasal unit 'get up' could, of course, be further broken down into [lexical verb + adverbial particle].
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