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This chapter discusses two grammatical phenomena that are found nowadays primarily in formal, scholarly and literary discourse: infinitive verb forms used as verbal nouns and time adverbials and direct object suffixes. It then discusses verb phrases with various meanings, including conditional, repeated, continued, gradual, habitual and intended action. It contains an inventory of idiomatic verb phrases gleaned from scholarly articles. The chapter deals with the different syntactic functions of present tense verb forms (participles). It lists some verb forms that are found in academic writing, but are rare in everyday use. It then differentiates among several verb forms.

Keywords: conditional meanings; direct object suffixes; grammatical; idiomatic verb phrases; infinitive verb forms; nouns; time adverbials; Verb



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