Daily Grammar

Lesson 232

Parts of the Sentence - Verbals - Adverb Infinitives

An infinitive is a verbalA verbal is a verb form used as some other part of speech.  Source: Lesson 206 that is to plus a verb form.  It can be used as an adverbAdverbs are words that modify (1) verbs, (2) adjectives, and (3) other adverbs. They tell how (manner), when (time), where (place), how much (degree), and why (cause). Source: Lesson 161.

Examples:
to be, to see, to be seen, to be eaten

Adverb infinitives are used to modify verbs. They usually tell why.

An infinitive phrase is made up of an infinitive and any complements (direct objectsA direct object receives the action performed by the subject. The verb used with a direct object is always an action verb. Another way of saying it is that the subject does the verb to the direct object.
Source: Lesson 106
, predicate nominativesA predicate nominative or predicate noun completes a linking verb and renames the subject. It is a complement or completer because it completes the verb. Predicate nominatives complete only linking verbs. The verb in a sentence having a predicate nominative can always be replaced by the word equals.  Source: Lesson 101, predicate adjectivesAn adjective that comes after a linking verb and modifies the subject.
Source: Lesson 155
, or modifiers).

Instructions: Find the infinitive phrases in these sentences and tell what word they modify.

1. She came to explain the answer.

She came to explain the answer.
 - to explain the answer modifies cameV

2. The kids went to see the circus.

The kids went to see the circus.
 - to see the circus modifies wentV

3. On the rough road I drove carefully to prevent any damage.

On the rough road I drove carefully to prevent any damage.
 - to prevent any damage modifies droveV

4. I returned a different way to avoid further damage.

I returned a different way to avoid further damage.
 - to avoid further damage modifies returnedV

5. We stopped at a cafe to eat lunch.

We stopped at a cafe to eat lunch.
 - to eat lunch modifies stoppedV


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