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They have a big project to launch a new product.

Does this sentence sound natural?

If so, in the natural reading, what's the syntactic function of "to launch a new product"?


This is not about sentence correction. This is specifically about the syntactic function of "to launch a new product".

Someone has argued that "to launch a new product" here is functioning as a purpose adjunct describing the purpose of "have a big project". I disagreed, so I'm asking it here. For me, the only possible function of "to launch a new product" is to modify "project" thereby forming a noun phrase "a big project to launch a new product".

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  • @Lambie It's not sentence correction that I'm asking for. I've edited the question.
    – listeneva
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 1:32
  • @Lambie I've made clear that I'm not seeking any sentence correction. I'm not really asking for another way of putting it. All I'm asking is, in its natural interpretation, what's the function of "to launch a new product". I don't understand why you're arguing it's sentence correction when it's not, even after I've explained why I have posted the question.
    – listeneva
    Commented Nov 21, 2023 at 0:21
  • Ok, now that you have edited it/ to + verb + noun is called a to infinitive. Usually signifying the purpose of the first bit: They have a major project to launch a new product. The people following CGEL grammar probably told you it was a purpose adjunct. The point is how to use it...
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 24 at 16:42
  • I think it's ambiguous. In "They are choosing a project name to launch a new product", "to launch a new product" is modifying "choosing". But in "The big project to launch a new product is behind schedule", "to launch a new product" is modifying "project". It relates to the function of "have" and whether it indicates ownership or action.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Apr 25 at 12:56

2 Answers 2

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They have a big project to launch a new product.

I would more likely use a marketing bliz or campaign, which is more precise than a big project is.

Edit

The nonfinite clause to launch a new product can be adjectival or adverbial.

Try moving it to the front:

To launch a new product, they have a big project.

This works, and hence adverbial use is possible.

Your reasoning for an adjectival use is also possible. Hence, we will rely on context.

If the background of discussion is about the nature of this big project,

What kind of project is that?

the adjectival use is likely.

If the discussion is about the reasons for the big project,

Why do they have that project?

the adverbial use is likely.

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  • Thanks. Alternatively, can the nonfinite clause to launch a new product modify the verb phrase have a big project? In other words, can the nonfinite clause denote the purpose of "have a big project"?
    – listeneva
    Commented Nov 19, 2023 at 7:40
  • I have edited my answer. Commented Nov 26, 2023 at 14:34
  • I don't know about Singaporean English but nobody in other English-speaking countries would use "ceremony" in that context.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Apr 25 at 12:52
  • Thanks, @Stuart F. I have simplified that paragraph. Commented Apr 25 at 13:09
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Some cultures give importance to the contribution of people [more than/ as much as/ less than] the importance of things. Consequently, more, equal or less value is given to the Team over the product, depending on the milieu. This can come across in the sentence structure.

Then again, it may be just how they learned the language.

The function of "to launch a new product" is to highlight the importance of the project team. The creation of the project team for the new product launch means that the launch is important to the company. The Project Team is responsible for ensuring that the new product is successful on behalf of the company.

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  • Thanks for your answer. FYI, I've edited the question to make it clearer. It'd be nice if you could edit your answer accordingly.
    – listeneva
    Commented Nov 20, 2023 at 1:38

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