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Lesson 206

Parts of the Sentence - Verbals


A verbal is a verb form used as some other part of speech. There are three kinds of verbals: gerunds, participles and infinitives.


A gerund always ends in ing and is used as a noun. Example: Eating is fun.


A participle is used as an adjective and ends various ways. A present participle always ends with ing as does the gerund, but remember that it is an adjective. A past participle ends with ed, n, or irregularly. Examples: played, broken, brought, sung, seeing, having seen, being seen, seen, having been seen.


An infinitive is to plus a verb form. It can be a noun, an adjective, or an adverb. Examples: to be, to see, to be seen, to be eaten.


Instructions: Find the verbals in the following sentences.


1. I can't understand Will's failing in college.


2. Many trees stood bordering the south entrance to the house.


3. I will have to consult your parents.


4. His searching glance terrified the hostages.


5. You should buy a tie to match your suit.



--For answers scroll down.














1. failing


2. bordering


3. to consult


4. searching


5. to match


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