gerund or verb?

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"Unexpectedly, the phone and cell phone stopped working."                 I know that stopped is the verb, but what is "working?"  Is it part of the verb, too?  Or a gerund/participle?Thanks.

verb asked Mar 18 '13 at 16:25 AZTeach New member

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Not everyone agrees. Some people consider phrases like "stopped working" to be a compound verb, where both "stopped" and "working" are verbs. Others consider "stopped" to be the verb, where "working" is a gerund.

link comment answered Mar 18 '13 at 16:51 Actually Holly Expert

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