Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Lesson 45: Infinitive Phrase


Review: You have learned that A PHRASE is a group of related words used as a single part of speech. A phrase lacks a subject, a predicate or both. Consequently, a phrase cannot be a sentence. Now, you will learn the fifth kind of phrase: An Infinitive Phrase.

An INFINITIVE PHRASE is consists of an infinitive and its modifiers and complements. It can act as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb.

Acting as a Noun:

  • I love to talk to strangers.
  • To condemn an innocent child is morally wrong.
  • Hilary's plan is to travel in Europe.

Acting as an Adjective:

  • The girl to watch in world entertainment is Angelina Jolie.
  • My plan to borrow a book to read tonight was realized.

Acting as an Adverb:

  • The sentence is easy to transform with the help of phrases.
  • I raised my hand to acknowledge the applause.


~end of lesson~

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