Verbals Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers on Verbals

Question 1 :  What can verbs do that verbals cannot?

Answer : Verbals can express action or condition. Verbals have lost this ability.

Question 2 :  Which type of participle implies action that is now complete but that may have been going at the time of the main verb?

Answer : The past participle implies this sort of action.

Question 3 :  Would a grammarian ever order a glass of ice tea?

Answer : No, a grammarian would order a glass of iced tea.

Question 4 : What type of word or sentence element can modify a participle?

Answer : An adverb or an adverbial can modify a participle.

Question 5 : Which type of verbal can be modified by adjectives?

Answer : Gerunds can be modified by adjectives.

Question 6 :  What role do gerunds play in sentences?

Answer : Gerunds play the roles of nouns in sentences. Contemporary grammarians call gerunds nominals.

Question 7 :  Nouns that modify gerunds must be in what case?

Answer : They must be in the possessive case. Also, only possessive pronouns can modify gerunds.

Question 8 :  Why is the infinitive the most powerful verbal?

Answer : The infinitive is the most powerful verbal because it can function as a nominal, an adjective , or an adverbial.

Question 9 :  When can be omit the infinitive marker?

Answer : We can omit the infinitive marker when the infinitive is used after certain verbs, such as bid, feel, or make.

Question 10 :  What is a split infinitive?

Answer : A split infinitive is a grammatical construction that separates the marker from the base form of the verb with some intervening word.