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    Re: guessing function of infinitive verbs

    I understand a lil more but when a direct object has an infinitive I don't know if it's an adjectival infinitive or adverbial. I'm sorry if I'm giving you a hard time.

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    #12

    Re: guessing function of infinitive verbs

    Usually, when an infinitive directly follows a direct object it is adjectival. But we would need actual sentences to say for sure.

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    #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    we would need actual sentences to say for sure.
    I think you made a sentence.

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    #14

    Re: guessing function of infinitive verbs

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    ... when a direct object has an infinitive I don't know if it's an adjectival infinitive or adverbial.
    'I buy food to eat.'── The infinitive is adverbial because food would not eat.
    'I want him to eat.'── The infinitive is adjectival because a human would eat.

    That's what I think as a learner, not a teacher.

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    #15

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    Your first is adjectival in my opinion.

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    #16

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    Your first is adjectival in my opinion.
    I think he's right about the first one because the infinitive answered why he buys food but I might be wrong.

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    #17

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    I think it describes "food".

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    #18

    Re: guessing function of infinitive verbs

    Why do you think that?

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    Re: guessing function of infinitive verbs

    I think 'food to eat' can mean 'food to be eaten' and both 'to eat' and 'to be eaten' are adjectival, but I am not a teacher.

    'I buy food to feed my cat.'
    I think the infinitive is adverbial. Am I right or wrong this time?

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    #20

    Re: guessing function of infinitive verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'food to eat' can mean 'food to be eaten' and both 'to eat' and 'to be eaten' are adjectival, but I am not a teacher.

    'I buy food to feed my cat.'
    I think the infinitive is adverbial. Am I right or wrong this time?
    Are you confused too? Because I'm confused but I think you was right the first time because you can say I buy food in order to eat.

    Not a teacher.
    Last edited by mawes12; 11-Jun-2015 at 07:27.

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