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    Default gerunds and infinitives

    Gerunds and Infinitives though derived from verbs they do the role of a noun in a sentence ; they can be modified with adjectives ( a feature of a noun ) they can also be modified by adverbs ( a feature of a verb ) . the question is -Which part of speech are they?

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    Default Re: gerunds and infinitives

    Quote Originally Posted by osamin View Post
    Gerunds and Infinitives though derived from verbs they do the role of a noun in a sentence ; they can be modified with adjectives ( a feature of a noun ) they can also be modified by adverbs ( a feature of a verb ) . the question is -Which part of speech are they?
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    Teacher Osamin,

    If you are teaching the traditional 8 parts of speech

    (noun, verb, pronoun, adverb, adjective, conjunction, preposition,

    and interjection), then I guess that you have no choice but to list

    infinitives and gerunds under the category of verbs.

    The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar says that:

    (1) infinitive = base form of a verb; often proceded by to.

    (2) gerund = the -ing form of the verb.

    THANK YOU

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