Grammatik

Pattern combination 5: V to-inf; V n to-inf

Pattern combination 5: V to-inf; V n to-inf

In the pattern V to-inf, the verb is followed by a to-infinitive clause. In the pattern V n to-inf, the verb is followed by a noun group and a to-infinitive clause. This pattern combination is symmetrical. This combination of patterns has two combinations of structures:
    Structure combination (i): Verbs in phase; Verb with two Objects
    I incline to think he is wrong.This inclined me to think he was wrong.
    Structure combination (ii): Verb with Adjunct; Verb with two Objects
    She qualified to teach children.Her course qualified her to teach children.
Only one verb, incline, has Structure combination (i). The other verbs with this combination of patterns have Structure combination (ii).
It is true that conservationists incline to adopt a people-centred language.
Their political ideas incline them to romanticise the idea of working-class solidarity.
How do I qualify to be considered for a scholarship?
Clive has had an hour's lesson on a dry slope, which qualifies him to advise the rest of us by shouting 'snowplough!' at the top of his voice all the time.
  • incline
  • qualify
  • train
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