Verb help The sentence David “is jogging” “is jogging” is the verb phrase BUT if I say “David went jogging” why is only “went” the verb?
- CogitoLv 710 months ago
In the phrase 'went jogging' the word 'jogging' is a gerund - a verb being used as a noun.
- Anonymous10 months ago
The subject and verb are "David went." HOW did he go? He went jogging. He could have gone dancing, or swimming, or skiing, etc. In this case, the participle/gerund "jogging" is used adverbially.
But in your first sentence, "is jogging" is a verb phrase in the present progressive tense. Jogging doesn't tell how he "is."
- CarolOklaNolaLv 710 months ago
In both sentences "jogging" is the present participle and gerund of the verb "to jog," but "jogging is the direct object of different two irregular verbs in different tenses. In the first sentence, " is" is the singular third person present tense of the irregular verb "to be." In the second sentence, "jogging" us the direct object the singular third person, past tense of the irregular verb "to go." A gerund is a verb and usually present participle if a verb that functions as a noun.
You need to learn how to parse sentences In English. Even 50 years ago this was not clearly taught in English classes in the United States. I learned more about English grammar in Latin and French classes in middle and high school and French and German classes in college than ever did in English classes. That includes a technical English writing class in college in the early 1990s more than 20 years after honors college freshman English composition class in 1971-1972.