In the following sentence, is "is" the verb?  "Went" seems to be part of some phrase that is not the verb.  Correct?     "The lake is where I went to swim."  (I know the sentence would sound better as: I went to the lake to swim, but the first sentence was actually posed to me to find the verb.)Thanks!

verbals asked Mar 22 '13 at 18:59 AZTeach New member

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Is, went, and to swim are all verbs.  This sentence has two clauses (a clause is a string of words that contains a subject and a verb; all sentences are clauses, but many sentences have more than one clause). To swim is an infinitive verb (with to) which explains why (for what purpose) the speaker went to the lake.  Where I went to swim is a defining relative clause and functions as the grammatical complement of The lake.

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