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    Question "To study" a noun or a verb

    Hello!!

    In this sentence : To study English is difficult for me.

    Is " TO STUDY" a verb or a noun??

    If not, What's the function of " To study" here?


    Thanks~

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    Re: "To study" a noun or a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by ongetz View Post
    Hello!!

    In this sentence : To study English is difficult for me.

    Is " TO STUDY" a verb or a noun??

    If not, What's the function of " To study" here?


    Thanks~


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    What is difficult for me?

    To study English.

    I believe that we can say that the infinitive phrase (To study English)

    is being used as a noun and the subject of the sentence.

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    Re: "To study" a noun or a verb

    Basically, you just need to relax your ideas a bit: words are divided into general word classes: verbs nouns adjectives adverbs prepositions determiners-- have I forgotten something?-- but these are not rigid hermetically sealed confinements, except maybe for basic prepositons. Words flip classes all the time.

    'To study' is here a verbal noun: it has characteristics of a verb, and a noun. As a verb it takes an object, 'English', As a noun it forms a compound noun with another noun 'English'. This compound noun is then described with the adjective 'difficult'.

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