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Distinguishing Finite Verbs from Verbals
Verbs That Function as Adjectives 
(Gerundives # 1)

     Some verbals act as adjectives. Like all verbs, verbals are modified by adverbs and can have and complements. For example,

They saw Billy playing baseball.
If we ask "Who or what was playing," the answer is "Billy," but "Billy playing baseball fails the sentence test. Therefore, "playing" is a verbal and not a finite verb. Note that "baseball" is the direct object of "playing." The most important thing you need to remember now is: DO NOT UNDERLINE THEM TWICE.

1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements (PA, PN, IO, or DO).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause that functions as a direct object and write "DO" over the opening bracket.
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.
5. Label each interjection ("Inj"), each noun used as an adverb ("NuA"), and each example of direct address ("DirA").

1. My cat was sitting there watching me.

2. Once there was a boy named Tommy.

3. I got up and looked out of my window, wondering when the noise would stop.

4. We heard a voice saying, "Go away!"

5. This story is about a girl named Sue.

6. They saw the snake moving on the ground.

7. At school, they know a girl called Sally.

8. I heard my mom calling me for breakfast.