|Indirect Objects as Subjects of Verbals (Infinitives)
Based on Child-Story Readers: Wonder Stories
3, by Frank N.
Freeman, Grace E. Storm,
Johnson, & W. C. French.
Illustrated by Vera Stone Norman.
Lyons and Carnahan, 1927-29-36.
| Indirect objects can also function as the
subjects of verbals (infinitives). Consider the sentence:
Bill asked Bob to leave.
"Bob" is the indirect object of "asked," but if we ask who is to leave,
the answer is also "Bob." Thus the indirect object is also the subject
of the verbal.
1. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements
(PA, PN, IO, or DO).
2. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional
3. Put an oval around each verbal.
1. Among other things they advised her to build a house
beside the roadside.
2. The king told the big man to go and kill that buffalo.
3. The stork begged Thumbietot to forgive him.
4. The White Cat told him not to be afraid.
5. He did not ask the White Cat to explain this.
6. She told the twins to climb to the first branches of
a tall fir tree.
7. The White Cat soon came and asked the Prince to join
8. I begged the fairies to bring me some cord and needles.
9. Jack and Jane like to help Uncle Jim do many things
on the farm.
10. Omar taught the elephant to stand on his hind feet,
to kneel, to march, to
raise his trunk and salute like a soldier, and to sit
down at the table.