“Yet it would be your duty to bear it, if you could not avoid it: it is weak and silly to say you cannot bear what it is your fate to be required to bear. (Jane Eyre)

It seems ‘your fate to be required to bear’ is a to-infinitive clause (or non-finite-clause by Bas Aarts:“They would hate [Jim to sell his boat].” ) and the object of cannot bear ; 'what it is' means 'whatever it is' and can be put in brackets. Can all transitive verbs take the clauses as their objects?

  • Notice that the infinite clause is "to be required to bear." – kiamlaluno Feb 24 '13 at 13:47
  • I'm going to remove of this one and move into ELU. Would you leave your reply again. – Listenever Feb 24 '13 at 14:05

Verbs that can be followed by objects that are infinitive clauses include agree, begin, decide, hope, intend, like, plan, and propose. Not all the transitive verbs can use an infinite clause as object.

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  • "Propose to?" as in "I proposed to go"? Sounds wrong to my ears. – Francis Davey Dec 13 '14 at 9:08

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