main verb

noun
a word used as the final verb in a verb phrase, expressing the lexical meaning of the verb phrase, as drink in I don't drink, going in I am going, or spoken in We have spoken.
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The noun clauses in question are often followed by a postposition which shows their grammatical relation to the main verb.
If the splitter-words give the main verb a significantly higher meaning or emphasis, it is a good use.
Particles of two-word verbs cannot usually be separated from the main verb.
The meaning of a phrasal verb is slightly different but usually related to the meaning of the main verb.
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