Consider the following sentences:

  • The guard said, "Roll the stone away from here."
  • The King said, "Bow down before me."
  • Tell my soul, "Flee like a bird from the mountain of sorrow."

What part of speech are the words roll, bow and flee? Are they nouns or verbs?

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They are unconjugated verbs (infinitives):

To roll the stone.

To bow before the king.

To flee like a bird.

  • 1
    I don't think you should call it the "infinitive". All the examples are imperatives, with implied/deleted subject You. And infinitive and imperative are essentially "verb moods", not "tenses" or "conjugations". May 15, 2015 at 1:11

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