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what is the gerund phrase and the noun function of the gerund in the sentence

1.Her favorite pastime is entertaining friends.

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    The gerund phrase is "entertaining friends." It functions as the predicate nominative.

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    thank you ms.sue

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    i have one more question
    what is the function of the italicized infinitive phrase ins the sentence.

    1.I want to go with you to the store.
    2.May I have permission to use the car tonight?

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    1. "To go" is the direct object of the verb.

    I'll be glad to check your answer for the second sentence.

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    okay and the answer can only be a noun.adverb or adjective.

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    Direct objects are nouns.

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    okay and the second one is i have permission and its a adverb?

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    No. "I have permission" is not an infinitive phrase.

    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/infinitivephrase.htm

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    so it is to use and it would be a adverb

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    2. Yes, the infinitive is "to use." It's an adjective modifying permission.

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    thank you and for this one: Meredith is to be restored as captain.the infinitive is to be and is a noun?

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