What's the role of "to" in following sentence?Is it to-infinitive or conjunction?

Harold resisted the opportunity to poke fun at the weird man.

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"To poke fun at the weird man" is a to-infinitive phrase in the sentence. The pattern of the use of the to-infinitive is:

verb (resisted) + noun (the opportunity) + to infinitive phrase (to poke fun .....).

  • thank you! could you explain grammatical rule of to-infinitive clause? Is it and adverb clause for "resist" or a adjective clause for "opportunity"?
    – r0ck
    Jul 23, 2019 at 21:33
  • It is a complement of the noun "opportunity". It's not obligatory, but it is always implied "An opportunity" doesn't make sense unless there is something that it is an opportunity for. The complement of "opportunity" is normally either "for noun phrase" or "to infinitive clause " This is a property of the word "opportunity", not a general rule of English grammar: some words are like "opportunity", but others have different requirements.
    – Colin Fine
    Apr 21, 2020 at 15:56

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