Usually as how i understand is that a clause is defined as a group of words with a subject & a predicate yet doesn't make complete sense (like a sentence). And a phrase is a group of words with some meaning ,which is not a clause or a sentence.
Consider the following sentences:
He wants to go to the market.
In the part of sentence- 'to go to the market' there is no subject! I do recognize here 'market' which is the object here & hence a noun. (So is it an infinitival clause?)
He wants to go slowly.
In the part of sentence- 'to go slowly' there is no subject or object! There are no nouns. (But is this an infinitival clause?)
So why then there is a term called 'infinitival clause' at all? It should be 'infinitival phrase' right?
Or what is the real definition of 'Clause'?
( According to british council site, a clause means any noun/noun phrase plus any verb/verb phrase ...& so the noun can mean either a subject or an object!....so if subject is absent, look for an object..is that what I am supposed to do to call a part of sentence as 'clause'?)