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Why Wait or why to wait

Which is correct Why wait until tomorrow. Why to wait until tomorrow
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function of infinitive clause

From BBC news, The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Mr Musk of breaching a court order to not share information which could impact the financial markets, without pre-approval. Is ...
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Infinitive clause as purpose or adding information

The forward displacement of the lower incisor to accommodate the upper tooth in crossbite causes reduction of the gingiva or gingival recession. Does the infinitive clause in the sentence tell the ...
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subject complement with infinitive

This is a sentence in my grammar book. He was asked to write the letter. In the book it says : He = subject , was asked to write the letter = subject complement. The verb ask is a catenative verb....
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Identifying noun clauses

[Whom we expect] to be delivering the presentation is absent. The desire to fight is [what we believe] to be planted in his mind. I bracketed the words which I think are the noun clauses of the ...
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Does the meaning change? To / In order to

The manager sent Mike to Japan to receive some training. In this sentence, I think it's Mike who receives some training . But if I change the sentence to: The manager sent Mike to Japan in order ...
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infinitive clause behind passive voice

Are the following examples, infinitive clause following passive voice, be understood to be in order to? If not, what do they mean? The machine was needed to speed the process. The machine was ...
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adverb infinitive + clause

The cooks are not allowed to decide the amount of salt to be included in the dishes, as the proportion is fixed to maintain the quality of the flavor. As is a conjunction, so the entire sentence that ...
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Can a nominal phrase (the size of bullets) modify another noun word (Raindrops) as in “Raindrops the size of bullets”?

Raindrops the size of bullets thundered on the castle windows for days on end; the lake rose, the flowerbeds turned into muddy streams and Hagrid's pumpkins swelled to the size of garden sheds. My ...
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to be met by reporters - indicating purpose or result?

The following is an example sentence from a dictionary. I'm wondering whether or not the infinitive phrase is understood as indicating a purpose; i.e., the meeting was a scheduled event. Or does it ...
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Can we use an infinitive clause with no object in order to specify a purpose?

Even if it is not a common way, it seems that we can use an infinitive clause with no object for a purpose statement. We talked here before about the accuracy of the question Who did you find to ...
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dummy “it” and the the verb “make”

I really want to know about the relation between dummy "it" and the the verb "make". These example sentences are from TOEFL, and I collected all of them which includes dummy "it" after the verb "...
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Infinitive clause question query

"We try to be nice" In this sentence " to be nice" us an infinitive clause. So my question is whether it is an object for the verb or is it functioning as an adjective.
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Is 'what to do' a clause?

I don't know what to do. Here, is what to do a clause? If so, what's the reasoning for that?
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Leaving out an infinitive clause : No auxillary and auxiliary after to-infinitive clause

The definition below is from the book "Oxford Guide to English Grammar" I can't understand why there is no auxiliary after to in the example "I haven't washed up yet, but I'm going to." But why ...
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to-infinitival clause expressing a manner

Experts say the drowsiness many of us feel during the day may not be because we had too little sleep at night, but because we need an early afternoon nap. Humans were made to sleep not once, but twice,...
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For-to-Infinitive clause

I have the following statement: I find it necessary for you to graduate from school. Though, I can rephrase it: I think it best for you to graduate from school. I read about "for-to-infinitive ...
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Direct object of the verb “want”

John wants Jim to write a letter to the mayor According to Cambridge, the verb "want" can take the pattern of obj+to-infinitive as a complement, so that means "Jim" here is the direct object of the ...
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“Stopped talking” and “stopped to talk”

In this exercise: Ali stopped _____ to his friend. He talked to him then. a) talk b) talking (I chose this one) c) to talk (This one is marked as the correct answer) d) being talked Why ...
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The managers did not know whom to trust

I don't know why the writer use 'to' before verb 'trust'. Following is the pattern used in a verb 'trust' "trust somebody to do something" Now, why we use 'to' before trust? The managers did ...
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Can we leave out “for”?

He wants very badly for everyone to like him. Can we leave out "for" in this sentence? If not, is it because of the adverb "badly",its position in the clause or the following pronoun? He wants ...
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Infinitive.. How to form these sentences correctly?

1) I intended to have spent my summer vacation in the country 2) I knew him to be waiting for me that evening -     I would rather say "I knew he was waiting for me that ...
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Which one? “object to get improved” or “object to getting improved”?

I've heard it a lot in spoken language when a Boss says: We object to get improved the quality of our products. But, I think it should be: We object to getting improved the quality our products....
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What grammatical concept is this?

I have always been confused about this pattern. I can't be the first person to forget to pay his taxes. That was the 11th family member to have been killed. He can't be the person to have ...
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infinitive clause

Assess whether the people to be protected support the intervention. if we say " the people to protect" , would "the people" still maintain the role of being passive as in the original sentence?
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nouns followed by infinitives

I have sometimes problem understanding these structures. I just came across this expression: Materials to make sarin gas and perhaps other toxic chemicals moved freely cross-border from Turkey to ...
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“for someone to do something” as a noun phrase

Can we use the structure: for + sb/sth + to + verb + ... As a noun phrase? For example, in the following sentence: The best approach to address this issue is [noun (phrase)] Can we complete the ...
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What grammar constructions are used in “Do you want me to speak French?”

(Personal Background: I am a native speaker of English. As I have been learning French these past three months, I have been learning a lot about English grammar!) In French, there is no grammar ...
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What is the understood subject of the subordinate clause “to address the issue this fall” in these sentences?

What is the understood subject of the subordinate clauses in bold below? The White House framed the announcement from the world’s two largest polluters ahead of a landmark U.N. conference to ...
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Difference find something difficult to do and find something difficult for me to do

(1). I find it difficult to get a A grade in the cooking exam. (2). I find it difficult for me to get a A grade in the cooking exam. I have seen someone write sentences in #2 style somewhere on the ...
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“the first {who / to} call” — Which is preferred?

Can I say Why should I be the first who call him? Or should I say Why should I be the first to call him? in present tense, referring to the future?
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Wish you never + gerund or verb?

Which is true and please explain why? Happy birthday. Wish you never grow up ! Happy birthday. Wish you never growing up ! In fact I'm confused. I don't know which one is true? Up to now I have ...
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he had the manager check it vs. he had it checked by the manager

(a) He had it checked by the manager. (b) He had the manager check it. Could you please clarify the difference between these sentences, if there is any?
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'There's nothing to match tea as a refreshing drink.'

I'm doing a grammar exercise and I have to complete the sentence underneath A cup of tea is the most refreshing drink of all. There's.................as a refreshing drink. The given word is '...
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I would recommend FOR / TO you to use this group on Facebook

Which one of the following sentences is correct grammatically or structurally? 1) "I would recommend to you to use this group on Facebook" 2) "I would recommend (empty) you to use this group ...
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“A book to read” or “A book to read it”

What is a difference between those two sentences ? I need a book to read on holiday. I need a book to read it on holiday.
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Should I write “to thanks us” or “thanks to us” in the following sentence?

As previously agreed, to thanks us for our detective work, Mr. Cotard provided us with free accommodation. As previously agreed, thanks to us for our detective work, Mr. Cotard provided us ...
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Should I use -ing in the following example?

In the camp we had to collect wood--an easy task since it was still daylight when we arrived. The next part was harder: build/building the fire. Do I have to use the -ing version of the verb? Why ...
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When should I use a gerund and when an infinitive with 'like' or 'love'?

Do you like to cook? Do you like cooking? Do you love cooking? Do you love to cook? In which one we should use gerund?
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To +verb, which one is right?

To look at him, you'd never think he was 80. To turn off mobile data, multimedia messages will be unavailable. The first one seems okay. But the second one seems bit odd. I checked on Grammar ...
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Second Clause in a Matrix Clause?

I thought to read on matrix clauses. In 25) [Bill wants [Susan to leave]]. I think in text this seemed like a matrix clause. Matrix clauses get called that in that they contain two clauses? I may ...
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“as” or “to be”

I saw the first sentence in a letter. do you think I can use the second sentence instead ? What is the difference in the meanings ? 1- I can not accept your letter to be a compliant notice in ...
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Noun+to+Verb , Abstract Noun+to+Verb

You are already familiar with the structure of "noun+to+verb". cake to make, house to stay in, a city to go to, man to kill, hamburger to eat ...etc. We know that there are certain abstract nouns ...
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Sentence structure of “[Something] helped win her the respect [of somebody]”?

I encountered this sentence: Her unquestioned probity helped win her the respect of her fellow judges. I take it to mean Her unquestioned probity helped her win the respect of her ...
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“I want [to make] IT” but “The fan asked HER [to leave]” - why objects have different positions relative to infinitive verbs?

Could anyone please tell me the sequence of object and infinitive verb in sentence as some time infinitive verb comes before object, whereas some time it comes later? So is there any rule? Or how to ...
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to show (object) do something — grammatical construction

Example with a context: The clip clearly shows the fully armed Russian Su-27 approach the surveillance plane from the starboard side (at a safe distance), use the air brake to slow down, and then ...
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Passive construction(for infinitive verb)

1 Active voice: He expects me to help him. Passive(book answer): He expects to be helped by me. Passive(my answer): It is expected by him that i should help him. passive(my answer): It is expected ...
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“The hardest thing is to+verb and to+verb” grammar structure

For example if I say: "The hardest thing is to get out of an air conditioned room and to walk into a hot kitchen." would that be OK? I mean to use "to+verb" repetition in a sentence?
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Except + gerund or infitive

1 The graduate student had nothing in mind except finishing his thesis. 2 The mason will not do any work except giving the order. Both sentences use -ing of verb finish and give. I know these ...
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“logical subject” of verbals

Native speakers, could you please define "logical subject" of verbals (infinitive, gerund, participle)? I am Chinese and some of my grammar books define "logical subject" as the agent of the action, ...