The KISS Grammar Workbooks Return to: The Child's World: Third Reader
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The Three Tasks
-- Grimm
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Ex # 1 Finite Verb or Verbal?
Analysis Key

1. I will not let you disturb them. |

"You disturb them" technically fits the sentence test, but it does not mean the same as it does in this sentence. Thus "disturb" is not a finite verb. [It is an infinitive; "you" is its subject, and "them" is its direct object. The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "will let."]
2. There was not a single human being (PN) to be seen. |
"Human being to be seen" does not fit the sentence test,  Thus "to be seen" is not a finite verb. [It is an infinitive that functions as an adjective to "human being."]
3. They saw a little man (DO), dressed {in gray}, seated {at a table}. |
Neither "man dressed in gray" nor "man seated at a table" passes the sentence test. Thus they are not finite verbs. [They are gerundives that modify "man."]
4. The next morning [NuA] the little gray man came {to the eldest brother} and

beckoned him to follow. |

"Him to follow" does not  pass the sentence test.  Thus "follow" is not a finite verb. [It is an infinitive; "him" is its subject. The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "beckoned."]