"To think is an intellectual work": Good Grammar?
"To think is an intellectual work"
That phrase is proper grammar, isn't it?
Thank you for your help!
Actually, infinitives can function as nouns--including as the the subject of a sentence.
"To die is the only adventure." (Subject--Noun)
"I don't want to die" (Direct Object--Noun)
I think the sentence is fine, but the mistake comes later on:
"To think" = infinitive subject
"is" = linking verb
"an intellectual work" = predicate nominative renaming the subject "to think"
The problem is that "an intellectual work" doesn't accurately serve as a complement to "to think".
Perhaps what you meant was:
"To think is an intellectual's work."
What is the job of an intellectual? to think.
PS: Patty, verbals, by their very definition, are verbs that are no longer used as verbs.
Infinitives can be used as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs.
In this case, it has taken the function of a noun.
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