Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Noun Phrase Complements
Notional grammars define verbs as 'words that denote actions and states of being.' A verb phrase consists of a verb plus any auxiliary verbs, particles, modifiers, complements, and objects. In grammar, a noun phrase complement is a words, phrases, and clauses that complete the meaning of a noun or noun phrase. Verb phrases in the form of present participles sometimes function as noun phrase complements of nouns in English. Examples of verbs and verb phrases as noun phrase complements include the following: We had trouble arriving on time. He gets anxiety meeting new people. They have problems finding their shoes.