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    Question verbals-infinitives

    how can we i identify if the infinitive is used as a noun,adjective and adverb?

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    Re: verbals-infinitives

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    how can we i identify if the infinitive is used as a noun,adjective and adverb?
    If it answers the question What?, it's a noun.
    If it answers the question How?, When?, Where? or Why?, it's an adverb.

    Noun: To err is human.
    Test: What is human?

    Adverb: He broke the window to unlock the door.
    Test: Why did he break the window?)

    If you put the verb BE (is, are, was, were) before it, and the sentence sounds OK, then it's an adjective.

    Adjective: We want you to eat.
    Test: You are to eat.

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