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Sentences given below have a Nouns Followed by Infinitives.

can anyone please explain the sentneces' meaning?

1) The decision to increase taxes was not popular.

2) Permission to enter the area was difficult to get.

Thanks,

Charmi

  • Can't you make out the meanings? – Maulik V May 21 '15 at 11:09
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The two nouns in your examples, decision and permission are derived from the verbs decide and permit.

Both of these verbs are catenative or "chaining" verbs: they take as their complements clauses headed by other verbs, which are cast as marked infinitives:

They decided to raise taxes.
They permitted us to enter the area.

Note that you can in fact chain these verbs together:

They decided to permit us to enter the area.

The nouns derived from these verbs take the same infinitival complements:

decision to raise taxes
permission to enter

In effect the infinitival clauses act as modifiers telling you which decision, which permission; but they're not: they're complements to the nouns.

  • We expect the bank manager to decide to authorise us to borrow more to enable us to enter the housing market... – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 21 '15 at 14:03

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