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I recently officially learned that an infinitive can have a subject For + subject + to + verb.

For example,

For them to browse the Web is entertaining.

For Smith to turn down the job was a big surprise.

For Jones to return the favor meant a lot to us.

I am wondering whether this can be applied to other structures where an infinitive is used as an adjective. Do you think the sentences down below are correct use of subjects of infinitives?

Harry Potter series contains books for children to understand easily. (Children are the ones understanding easily.)

This is a touching film for me to watch, because it reminds me of my childhood.(I am the one watching the film.)

Tomorrow is the day for us to start working on the project. (We are the ones working on the project.)

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    In your first three example, the infinitival clauses are functioning as subject. In your suggested examples others they are infinitival relative clause functioning as modifiers, where they generally (but not always) have a modal meaning comparable to that expressed by "can" or "should", cf."books that children can understand easily". The relativised elements in the first two are direct object, and adjunct of time in the third. (Incidentally, please don't call them adjectives!). – BillJ May 18 at 8:21
  • So, subjects of infinitival relative clauses are also expressed by using the form, "for + subject + to + verb"? In other words, are my examples correct? – vincentlin May 18 at 9:11
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    Yes: the subjects of the infinitival clauses in your suggested examples are "children", "me" and "us". Note that the subordinator "for" is only used with to-infinitivals that contain a subject. – BillJ May 18 at 10:09

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