Phrasal Verbs

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Phrasal Verbs

Post by archk » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:13 pm

"She is looking forward to a rest."

Wikipedia explains that this sentence is a case of a particle-prepositional phrasal verb where "forward" is a particle and "to" is a preposition

...but I'm confused about what the actual verb of the sentence is. Is it just "looking"? Or should I say "is looking"? Or, because this is a phrasal verb, I shouldn't try to separate the word "looking" from its full phrasal form "looking forward to"? (And thus if I were asked what the full predicate is, should I reply that it is "is looking forward to"?)

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Re: Phrasal Verbs

Post by Alan » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:49 am

Strictly speaking, the verbal elements are 'is looking', where 'is' is the finite verb and 'looking' a present participle.