Does "to" in the following sentences express purpose?

  • She was busy all day. She didn't have a moment to rest.

  • He loved her but he didn't have the courage to tell her.

  • My friend helped me to find a house to rent.

  • No, not at all..
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 18:52
  • What are the role of the infinitival clause after these "to"? complements? Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 19:11
  • Here "Infinitive phrase " act as a modifiers. It's giving more information about it's immediate previous noun.
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 19:18
  • Infinitives of purpose can be expressed either as "in order to X" or just "to X". None of these can be expressed as "in order to X" and keep the same meaning
    – gotube
    Commented Sep 26, 2022 at 21:54


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