It was noted in the first chapter that a verb is that word which indicates the action performed by the subject. But, just as the function of a noun can be accomplished by several words referred to as a noun group, so also the action performed by a verb can be indicated by several words which can on analogy be known as a verb group. This may be illustrated by the following examples:
Dorinda laid the table.
Dorinda was laying the table.
Dorinda laid out her plans.
Dorinda was laying out her plans.
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