Is this a verb? "Study finds elephants plant trees, play big role in forest structure." Is "plant" here a verb? If not, can you explain the sentence?
Oct 29, 2018 10:58 AM
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Yes it is a verb. The sentence is written in a style typical of American news headlines, using a comma in place of 'and'. Written out in full, it would read as: "Elephants plant trees and play a big role in forest structure". The sentence has two verbs. Following Perkeo's suggestion, a compound noun meaning 'trees planted by elephants' might be 'elephant-planted trees', definitely not 'elephant(s) plant trees'.
October 29, 2018
You need to read a little more to understand that sentence properly.


Elephants play a disproportionately large role in spreading the seeds of a particular tree in Thailand, according to a recent study. Its findings indicate that a forest’s composition is likely to change as certain kinds of animals disappear.


As you can see, they are talking about trees whose seeds are dispersed by certain kind of animals. In particular they are talking about large animals, among which elephants and their big role in the spreading of seeds.

October 29, 2018
yes it is a verb, like place (a seed,bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow.
October 29, 2018
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