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Understanding whether a verb is the main verb or not can help tell me if a group of words is a clause or phrase.

Begins with a gerund...maybe a noun phrase too...ends with a subordinate clause...

I'm not too sure...

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Understanding whether a verb is the main verb or not can help tell me if a group of words is a clause or phrase.
The main clause (the core of the sentence) is
(Something) can help tell me (something).

(something - subject ) can help (main verb, modal form) tell (infinitive form of the verb tell following the catenative verb "help") me (indirect object) (something - direct object of "tell")
The first something, the subject, is
Understanding whether a verb is the main verb or not this is a gerund phrase BUT the direct object of the gerund "understanding" is a clause: whether a verb is the main verb or not
The second something, the direct object, is:the subordinate clause:

if a group of words is a clause or phrase.
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Cool, thanks.

What is the difference between a norml verb and an infinitive? In my example above, the infinitive TELL is there without the particle TO (split infinitve)...How is therefore any different from a normal, finite verb?

Secondly, How are you liking Brazil?

Like is a verb. The ING on the end of the verb means that it is a verbal:either a participle or a gerund. Is this a gerund? Because if so, then should it no be How are your liking Brail? Because one should use the possesive pronoun preceding a gerund...

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The infinitive form is the primary entry in a dictionary for any verb.
For example, you look up "be" in the dictionary, and see all of its forms and declination.
Some verbs have the property that other verbs can follow them, like a chain.
The verb help can be followed by an infinitive, and the "to" can be omitted. The infinitive is not split.

He helped me to cross the street. or He helped me cross the street.
Eddie88Secondly, How are you liking Brazil?
This is just the present progressive tense.
I am liking, you are liking, he is liking.....

i love to read

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The hot pizza burned my mouth during my lunch.