Does “to show” function as an adverb modifying an adjective in this sentence?

Does the usage of the infinitive to show serve the purpose the task below?

Task: write a sentence using the infinitive "to show" as an adverb modifying an adjective.

I tried to use "to show" as an adverb in order to modify the adjective "beautiful" and "wonderful" in the sentences below:

  1. Adam likes his job to show beautiful dresses

  2. My mother likes cooking to show a wonderful hobby.

Answer

I used google to find out about "infinitive phrase ‘modifying an adjective’" and after a little research I found this example:

The movie was too quiet to hear.

The infinitive "to hear" modifies the adjective quiet.(* but see below) Note that while it modifies the adjective (it tells how quiet it was), you couldn’t just replace it with an adverb, as adverbs tend to come before adjectives that they modify.

This makes the task rather confusing! You can’t "use an infinitive as an adverb" because the syntax for adverbs and infinitive phrases is different.

However, with this example, you should be able to think of a sentence that has the same structure, but uses "to show" instead of "to hear".

(*) BillJ observes that "to hear" is only allowed in this phrase because it is part of the phrase "too quiet to hear". The sentence "The movie was quiet to hear" would be ungrammatical. Many adjectives don’t allow for infinitive complements. One adjective that does allow for an infinitive complement is "quick":

She was quick to criticise.

I think it will be easier for you to make a natural sentence using "too … to show …" (and I expect your teacher will mark as correct) you should be aware of this subtle grammatical issue: The infinitive is licenced by "too" and not by the adjective.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Maria Rodriguez , Answer Author : James K

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