- I thought Ela to have beaten Ron.
(The sentence may sound ridiculous and unconventional, but I made it solely to understand the Infinitive and their functions better and will never choose these kind of sentences in daily speaking.)
Ela is the object of the verb 'thought' and the agent of Infinitive verb. The Infinitive clause is the complement of the main verb 'thought'
My first question is Can I change the voice of Infinitive clause and make the sentence like
I thought Ron to have been beaten by Ela.
Here Ron is now the object of the verb thought, but this time 'Ron' is the patient of Infinitive verb not the agent....and Infinitive clause is again the verb complement.
- He told me he had locked the door.
My second question, 'that he had locked the door' is a noun clause' but I am confused how it's working...is it working as an object or a complement of the verb 'told'?
- My third question is connected to the first And second... that's why I'm having to ask it in the same question to give u(reader) a complete understanding of what I know and What I don't know.
He told me the door to have been locked by him.
(I have already been told that this sentence is not grammatical...and gives no sense. But as a non- native speaker I have no way of knowing...it is giving or not...unless I know what grammar rules it not follows.....)
From my understanding,
'told' is the verb...'me' is the object.....'the door' is the 'patient' and the whole Infinitive Clause is perhaps the complement of the verb 'told' or simply a verb complement. (The verb 'told' is catenative as someone told me....and it has to catenative complement here)
Sorry, for making the question too long.... but I simply did to increase the chance of getting the spot on answer of my question.