A verbal is the form of a verb that is used as a different part of speech.

In English there are three verbals--participles, gerunds, and infinitives.

Participles can either be past participles or present participles and they act as an adjective.

Gerunds always act as a noun.

Infinitives in a sentence may act as a noun, an adjective, or an adverb.

A verbal phrase is a phrase consisting of a verbal plus any complements or the verbal plus any modifiers to the verbal or the complement.

For more see the glossary entry on each individual verbal type.

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