What is actually the phasal verb in a sentence: You keep me hanging on "Keep on" or "hang on"? What do we have here? Double phrasal verb? I am trying to figure this out for a while today... This is the part of the song by Vanilla Fudge and Kim Wilde and others. Thanks.

  • Here we have the verb "keep" taking an object and ing clause as complements. In CGEL analysis "on" is seen as an intransitive preposition. "On" can be expanded with an object: She kept me hanging on the phone for five minutes. The verb "keep" enters a number of complementation patterns, some of them involving a sequence of prepositional verbs". For example, "She kept on hanging on in there", "She kept on hanging out with losers" or "She kept on hanging up on me" etc –
    – user97589
    Feb 24 '20 at 9:09
  • Keep is the sentence's verb. Hanging on is an object complement for me. Compare: You make me happy. See Defining Object Complements Feb 25 '20 at 2:43

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