chapter  1
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The verb and the verb phrase

The verb is the central element of the clause in that every clause must contain a verb with the exception of some copular clauses where the verb είμαι ‘I am’ may be omitted (see Section 1.9). Furthermore, the number and the type of constituents that may combine with the verb are determined by the type of the verb. A verb phrase is the combination of the verb with its objects (direct and indirect, locative, benefactive, etc.) or predicate complements, as well as the manner, place and time adverbials which modify the verb.