a video with title "Phrases" of a grammar teaching yt channel

(minute 6:35)

Speaking person in the video has written the sentence "I am looking for a book to make me laugh" and he claims that phrase "to make me laugh" is functioning as an adjective of noun "a book". But I think that phrase "to make me laugh" is functioning as an adverb of verb "to look for".

What do you think? Which one of us is right?

  • Presumably it is not looking that makes you laugh, but the book itself. Sep 17, 2022 at 18:16
  • @WeatherVane I've just understood, thank you. "How a book?", "a book to make me laugh"(a book which will make me laugh). Sep 17, 2022 at 19:11

1 Answer 1


The person in the video is correct.

The example speaker isn't "looking laughingly", they are are looking for a specific kind of book. "a book to make me laugh".

If it were an adverb it would modify the way they were looking, not what they were looking for.

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