Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Subjects

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Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Subjects by Mind Map: Using Verbs and Verb Phrases as Subjects

1. Traditional grammars define the verb as a “word that denote an action or a state of being.” A verb phrase is a grammatical structure that consists of a verb that functions as the verb phrase head plus any auxiliary verbs, particles, modifiers, complements, and objects.

1.1. ExampleReading is one of my favorite pastimes. (present participle) Study the English language requires effort and diligence. (present participle) Listening to quiet music can relax you before bed. (present participle) The running of the bulls is a controversial event. (present participle) To err is human. (infinitive) To forgive is divine. (infinitive) To not finish the race now would be a shame. (infinitive) To never accomplish my goals is my biggest fear. (infinitive)

2. In grammar, a subject is a word, phrase, or clause that performs the action of or acts upon the verb functioning as a predicate. Verb phrases in the form of present participles and infinitives sometimes function as subjects in English. Some grammars refer to present participles that perform nominal functions as gerunds. Examples of verbs and verb phrases as subjects include the following:

2.1. Present Participle as Subject