In each of the following examples, the compound verb is highlighted.
|Karl Creelman bicycled around the world in 1899, but his diaries and his bicycle were destroyed.||The compound verb in this sentence is made up of the auxiliary were and the past participle destroyed.|
|The book Seema was reading is under the sofa.||Here the compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb was and the present participle reading.|
|They will meet us at the new Thai restaurant in the market.||The compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb will and the verb meet.|
|That dog has been barking for three hours; I wonder if Joe will call the owner.||The first compound verb is made up of two auxiliary verbs (has and been) and a present participle (barking). The second compound verb is made up of the auxiliary verb will and the verb call.|
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