From the Writing of Fourth Graders:
Verbals: "To" plus a verb -- as Adjectives
"To" plus a
verb sometimes functions as an adjective. In the sentence "It is time to
go home," "to go" is a verb that describes what "time" it is.
Part One: Directions:
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements
(PA, PN, IO, or DO).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. If the clause
functions as a noun, label its function. If it functions as an adjective
or an adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the
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").
6. Make a box around each verbal and draw an arrow from the box
to the word that the verbal modifies.
1. George had a plan to build a tree house.
2. It was time to start running.
3. The place to play catch is not in the house.
4. Finally it was time to do my whip.
5. Alice found a way to clean the dirty pan.
6. It was time to leave.
Part Two: Write a sentence like
those above with a verbal that is used as an adjective.