The term is used in two senses. Traditionally, it refers to a group of verbs which together have the same syntactic function as a single verb, e.g. is coming, may be coming, get up to. In such phrases (verbal groups, verbal clusters), one verb is the main verb (a lexical verb) and the others are subordinate to it (auxiliary verbs, catenative verbs). A verb followed by a non-verbal particle (similar in form to a preposition or adverb) is generally referred to as a phrasal verb.
In generative grammar, the verb phrase (VP) has a much broader definition, being euqivalent to the whole of the predicate of a sentence, as is clear from the expansion of S as NP + VP in phrase-structure grammar.
有兩個涵義，傳統上指幾個動詞組合在一起，其句法功能有如單個單詞，例如is coming“正來”，may be coming“可能要來”，get up to“趕上”等。這類短語（動詞組，動詞叢）中，一個動詞是主要動詞（詞匯動詞）而其他動詞是從屬動詞（助動詞，連接動詞）。一個動詞后如果帶一個非動詞性小詞（形式上類似于介詞或副詞）一般稱作短語動詞。