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

  2. thank you ms.sue

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  3. 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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    posted by john
  4. 1. "To go" is the direct object of the verb.

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

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

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  6. Direct objects are nouns.

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

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

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

  9. so it is to use and it would be a adverb

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

  11. 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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