poss N be to-inf
Nouns with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'aim' groupThe 'approach' groupThe 'duty' groupThe 'advice' groupThe 'response' groupNouns with other meanings
poss N be to-infThe noun is preceded by a possessive and is followed by a form of the verb be and a to-infinitive clause. Some nouns which can be followed directly by to-infinitive clauses, and some which cannot, can be used in this pattern. This pattern is a way of introducing and labelling the action you are going to mention.
|Our||aim||is||to educate people.|
|My||instinct||was||to leave at once.|