is "running ...." sentence comparison


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1. He is running. Intransitive verb "running?" or is the verb "is running" or just "is" ?


2. He is running the dishwasher. Transitive verb with a direct object.


3. He is running for President.      Is this the same answer as ex. 1? If this is intransitive, what would "for President" be considered?


4. He is running out of time.       Is the verb "is," "running," or a phrasal verb "running out."


please help! More generally, are gerunds considered the verb in a sentence, or is the verb "to be" considered the verb? (ie. she was listening. they were swimming. i am talking.)

was and were are helping verbs.

SanjayOct 05 '13 at 16:19

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is=helping verb and running=action verb.

President =complement of a sentence.

run out of time is an idiom

run out of time=to have used up most of the allotted time; to have no time left. 

link answered Oct 05 '13 at 16:18 Sanjay Expert

Thanks for your help.

So sometimes the verb "to be" is used as a helping verb and other times it is used as a linking verb?

saliOct 05 '13 at 19:55

Yes, you are right.

SanjayOct 06 '13 at 05:01 Check this website for the better understanding.

SanjayOct 06 '13 at 05:06

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