catenative

noun

cat·​e·​na·​tive
ˈkatəˌnātiv,
ˈkatᵊnˌātiv,
-atə-,
-ātiv
variants or catenative verb or less commonly catenative auxiliary
plural -s
: a verb often followed by a function word (such as to or on) that occupies a position other than final in a succession of two or more verbs together forming the main part of the predicate of a sentence (such as ought in "I ought to go home now" and try and keep in "they tried to keep on working")

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“Catenative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catenative. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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