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Which choice best describes the underlined words in this sentence?

Should you have been walking the dog without a leash?

Underlined is:

Should _____ have been walking

it does not include the word "you" so I just did an under score to represent that.

A- simple predicate

B- complete predicate

C- compound predicate

D- none of the above

I am kinda confused on this one. I have been seeing a lot of different answers for this question.

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  1. should have been walking is the verb. Therefore it is the simple predicate.

    The complete predicate is "should have been walking the dog without a leash."

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    Ms. Sue
  2. But isn't "have been walking" a verbal phrase? Then wouldn't the answer be none of the above?

    I found a website, but it would not let me post the url.
    It was under Verbal Phrase Examples.

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  3. Yes, it's a verbal phrase. But its function in this sentence is as a simple predicate.

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/objects.htm#predicate

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  4. Ok, that makes sense. Thank you for the link! :)

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  5. You're welcome.

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    Ms. Sue
  6. dentify the choice that best describes the underlined word for questions 5–8.
    Both Jewel and Lauryn Hill are known as singers and songwriters.

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  7. sorry but not much help to me. i'm a different question

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