The leader created a term which the members of their group would use to describe people who had never contributed to the community.
The infinitive clause " to describe people ... to the community" confuses me. What is the function of the infinitive in this context and what are the possible interpretations?
I think there are three possibilities here, but I am not sure which is correct.
1)Is the infinitive an adverb modifying the verb "created" ,
Then it probably might mean that: The leader created a term in order to describe those people.
Can it possibly be interpreted this way?
2)or is it part of the relative clause leads by "which" and modify the verb "use", making it an adverb or a complement?
Then it means: the members of their group would use the term created by the leader to describe those people.
3)or the infinitive is an adjective modifying the noun "term", which adds extra information to the "term"
Then it means: the leader created a term which describes those people.