auxiliaries and main verbs


In the sentence "The gymnasts should continue practicing their routines," the auxiliary is the modal "should," but is the main verb "continue"? If so, what is "practicing"?

asked Sep 27 '13 at 19:32 Dan New member

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The main verb is 'continue'. 'Practicing' is gerund, which is a verbal used as a noun.

link answered Sep 27 '13 at 19:57 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you!

DanSep 27 '13 at 21:01

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