Grammar Patterns

V n to-inf

Structure II: Verb with two Objects

Active voice: V n to-inf
 Verb groupnoun groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbObjectObject
Idon't finditto be true.
My girlfriendnaggedmeto cut my hair.
The appeals courtorderedthe trial judgeto conduct further hearings.
Shepressedhimto come in.
Passive voice: be V-ed to-inf
 Verb groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbObject
Leaders of divided partiesare obligedto do one thing and say another.
The pricewas reckonedto be too high.
Active voice: V n P to-inf, V P n (not pron) to-inf
 Verb groupnoun groupParticleto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerb...Object...VerbObject
I'm not makinghimoutto be a liar.
Your dissatisfactionwill spuryouonto seek the better things in life.
 Verb groupParticlenoun groupto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbObjectObject
Youshould lineupa few extra editorsto help.
Passive voice: be V-ed P to-inf
 Verb groupParticleto-infinitive clause
SubjectVerbObject
Hewas boundoverto keep the peace.
Verbs with this structure belong to the following meaning groups:
II.1 The 'tell' groupII.2 The 'nag' and 'coax' groupII.3 The 'cause' groupII.4 The 'help' groupII.5 The 'teach' groupII.6 The 'inspire' groupII.7 The 'choose' and 'use' groupII.8 The 'believe' groupII.9 The 'expect' groupII.10 The 'observe' groupVerbs with other meaningsStructure information: Verb with two Objects

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