April 23, 2014

Homework Help: infinitives-english

Posted by Sherri on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 12:14pm.

I have answered these questions, but when it comes to the "functions" of the infinitives i get a little stuck.. can you please check the answers that i've chosen? thanks in advance!

Identify the function of the infinitive in the sentence. Choose from the following: subject, direct object, object of the preposition, predicate noun, adjective, adverb

1. The person to ask is your mother.

Function of the infinitive: adjective

2. It is too expensive to travel.

Function of the infinitive: predicate noun?

3. Chance hates to erase the boards.

Infinitive phrase: to erase the boards

Function of the infinitive phrase: adverb

4. To know her is to love her.

Infinitive phrase: to know her
Function: subject

Infinitive phrase: to love her
Function: direct object

6. To speak clearly is essential to being understood.

Infinitive phrase: To speak clearly
Used in sentence as: subject

7. My goal is to write a best-selling novel.

Infinitive phrase: to write a best-selling novel
Used in sentence as: adverb

8. The psalmist says, "To do Thy will I take delight."

Infinitive phrase:To do Thy will I take delight
Object of the infinitive: delight

Please help! These are so confusing :/ I know that infinitives are: "to ___" but what I dont know is the functions.. thanks in advance <3

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