Grammatica

V n to-inf

Verbs with other meanings

There are a few other verbs which have this structure.
Mrs Mills said yesterday she was honoured to have been appointed.
In the case of trouble, the noun group is always a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl to-inf.
'We've got some leads,' Douglas said, not troubling himself to conceal the lie.
In the case of do, the noun group is always an amount. This pattern is V amount to-inf. The verb take often has this pattern as well.
We've done a lot to improve results, and a lot more will be done.
The treatment takes up to twelve months to produce worthwhile improvement.
  • bail (usu passive)
  • be born
  • do
  • be honoured
  • take
  • (not) trouble
  • turn
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