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    Are Infinitives verbs?

    I'm a bit confused with infinitives. What part they belong to a speech?

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    Most British grammarians consider that infinitives are non-finite parts of verbs​.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Jan-2016 at 13:55.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    I consider infinitives to be verbals. They are verb forms that retain some features of verbs, but not all the features. When used in a sentence, they function as nouns or modifiers. They cannot function as the main verb in a sentence.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    'An infinitive is formed from a verb but doesn't act as a verb. It acts as a noun, adjective, or adverb.'── quoted from http://english-grammar-revolution.com/infinitive.html
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'An infinitive is formed from a verb but doesn't act as a verb. It acts as a noun, adjective, or adverb.'── quoted from http://english-grammar-revolution.com/infinitive.html
    Most grammarians would consider this rather sloppy language.

    An infinitive can, like a noun, function as the subject or object of a sentence, but that does not mean that it is 'acting as a noun'. Similarly, it can, like an adjective or adverb, function as a modifier. That does not mean that it is 'acting as an adjective or adverb'.

    Labels such as 'verb', noun', 'adjective' adverb', etc, are the names of word classes (parts of speech). They should not be confused with labels such as 'subject', 'object', 'modifier', etc, which are the names of functions.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Most grammarians would consider this rather sloppy language.
    This is easy for learners like me to understand, though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithur View Post
    I'm a bit confused with infinitives. What part they belong to a speech of speech do they belong to?
    This is a better way to ask your question.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    The parts of speech system is largely about the functions of words. It seems foolish to try to separate words from what they do.

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    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    This is easy for learners like me to understand, though.
    And there is nothing wrong with it. In my opinion, grammarians are largely responsible for the sloppiness of our naming system.

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    #10

    Re: Are Infinitives verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The parts of speech system is largely about the functions of words..
    Meaning, form (including inflection) and environment are all important in assigning words to particular word classes.

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