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    to point the things

    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?

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    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...
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    Re: to point the things

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Sometimes, it's confusing to tell adjective usage of to infinitive from its adverb usage. Does "to point 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?

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    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...
    It probably should be "point out", i.e. indicate.
    What's the confusion with "Jerry"? It's the colleague's name.

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    Re: to point the things

    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.

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    Re: to point the things

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    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.
    "He would take the time to point out things."
    "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.

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    Re: to point the things

    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.

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