Verbal phrase – syntagme verbal


Let's Define It!

What's an *verbal phrase*?

verbal phrase (or un syntagme verbal) has one or more verbs at its core [un noyau].

It indicates the process undertaken by the subject(s).

In the following, "Elle va aimer beaucoup ce film", va aimer is the core of the verbal phrase.

N.B. Some grammarians consider a verbal phrase as being separate from the subject, while others consider the verbal phrase as the combination of subject + verb + complement. In that case, a phrasal verb might as well be a full clause or even sentence.


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here are a couple of examples containing verbal phrases. They are underlined for your convenience. [we're separating subject and verbal phrase]

  1. Vous parlez vraiment bien le francais/ You speak French really well.
  2. Cette voiture va trop rapidement. / This car is going too fast. 
  3. Corine a déjà vu ce film.


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