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The XTAG grammar does handle one sort of verb pseudo-coordination.
Semi-idiomatic phrases such as 'try and' and 'up and' (as in 'they might
try and come today') are handled as multi-anchor modifiers
rather than as true coordination. These items adjoin to a V node, using
the VCONJv tree. This tree adjoins only to verbs in their base
morphological (non-inflected) form. The verb anchor of the VCONJv
must also be in its base form, as shown in examples
((387))-((389)). This blocks 3rd-person singular derivations,
which are the only person morphologically marked in the present, except when
an auxiliary verb is present or the verb is in the infinitive.
- He tried and came yesterday.
- They try and exercise three times a week.
- He wants to try and sell the puppies.