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Sometimes, it's confusing to tell adjective usage of to infinitive from its adverb usage. Does "to point out the things " describe "the time" or the purpose of "Jerry"? There are numerous similiar cases to this, so can you tell me how to tell the two?
ex)When I started my teaching career, Jerry, one of my colleagues who was about eight years older, would take the time to point out the things I was doing wrong, and explained what some of my students didn't like about me...
Last edited by keannu; 22-Sep-2012 at 14:06.
I meant the adverb usage vs adjective usage of "to infinitive". Does "to point out the things" describe "the time" or "take"? You may say the answer, but I wonder about how to tell the two.
"the time" is the simple direct object of 'take'. "to point our things" describes what the time is for.
I think that asking whether this is adjectival or adverbial is not very useful. It means the same whether you want to read it as "He would take the pointing-out-things time." or "He would take, pointingly-out-things, the time."
It's an adverbial of the reason for 'taking', and an adjectival phrase describing the purpose of the time. It's both at once.
That's what I meant, and you pointed it out perfectly. Thanks a lot! So from now on, if I see such numerous dubious cases, I will just ignore telling the usages.