A verbal may sound cute and fuzzy, but it can be a real challenge to English language learners at times. But what are they and how do I make one? When do I use a verbal? And, do I need to use a comma when I use a verbal?
These are all good questions. Let's start by considering what a verbal is. A verbal is simply a verb form that functions as something other than a verb in a sentence. Verbals can be subjects of a sentence, objects of a verb, complements, or even adjectives or adverbs.
How do I make a verbal? Verbals are formed by one of the 4 principle parts of a verb.. They may use the base form of the verb (i.e. infinitives use "to + base form"), the present participle (-ing form), or past participle (sometimes -ed).
There are three types of verbals: gerunds, infinitives, and participles.
To read more about verbals and how to punctuate them, clink on the links below.
Participles and Punctuation
To practice using and identifying verbals, click on these links:
Verbal Practice 1
Verbal Practice 2
Verbal Practice 3
My name is Craig, and I've been teaching English for many years. I initially created this site for my students, but all English learners are welcome. I hope you find something helpful to you. Feel free to leave suggestions or ideas in the Comments section under any entry.