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If I have a "would you like to _____" question, which words in that question are considered to be part of the compound verb?

For example, if I have this question:

Would you like to eat ice-cream or to drink a milkshake?

Which words in this question are considered to be part of the compound verb?

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  • I think you mean a coordination of clauses. In "Would you like [to eat ice-cream] or [to drink a milkshake]", the bracketed items form a coordination of two non-finite subordinate clauses, each functioning as complement of "like".
    – BillJ
    Feb 11, 2018 at 18:04
  • The main verb phrase is "would like." Feb 11, 2018 at 18:25
  • have some ice cream or a milk shake is more idiomatic here.
    – Lambie
    Feb 12, 2018 at 1:36

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The general principle of parallelism applies here.

Would you like to eat ice cream or drink a milkshake?

Could be expanded to

Would you like to eat ice cream or would you like to drink a milkshake?

If there are more parts that are repeated, then only the parts that differ need to be said.

Would you like to drink a milkshake or a coke? *(drink is factored out) *

Would you like to drink a raspberry milkshake or smoothie (both are raspberry flavour)

Would Mary or Sammy like to eat ice cream *(would Mary like to...or would Sammy like to...)

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