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    Question I need help with Verbs

    Hi all,

    Here's a slight confusion or I'm not sure if I've got it completely wrong. I was creating a lesson for 1st & 2nd graders on Verbs, I want to introduce them to actions they would be familiar with. I started with Eat, Drink, Watch, Sleep, Play and Run. Now I framed a question "What do you want to do?" Eliciting an answer - I want to Play or Sleep or Play.... Now I'm confused what is the verb in this sentence is it "Want to" or is it "Play, Sleep,Eat"...

    Kindly let me know...

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    Re: I need help with Verbs

    If it was "I want ice cream" what would the verb be?

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    Re: I need help with Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by danyboy View Post
    I want to Play or Sleep or Play....
    The to-infinitive acts as a noun instead of a verb.

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    Re: I need help with Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    If it was "I want ice cream" what would the verb be?
    Want would be the verb.... So in my case the verb would be want to and not Eat or Sleep or Play, is that right?

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    Re: I need help with Verbs

    The verb is 'want', not 'want to'.

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    Re: I need help with Verbs

    "Want" is the verb. I want. What do you want? I want to play.

    "To play" here is the object of the verb "want." "To play" is the infinitive form of the verb and it is acting like a noun in this sentence.

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    Re: I need help with Verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by danyboy View Post
    So in my case the verb would be want to and not Eat or Sleep or Play, is that right?
    I think it is a comma splice, but I am not a teacher.

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