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Is the infinitive phrase ‘to adjust to the NBA’ modifying the adjective ‘difficult’?

Is the infinitive phrase ‘to adjust to the NBA’ modifying the adjective ‘difficult’ or it is in apposition with the subject ‘It’? It was not difficult for LeBron to adjust to the NBA.
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Relative clause with infinitive verbal form and “from” preposition (“{subject} from whose {element} to get something”)

Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child". Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from ...
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Identifying objects in a sentence with infinitive phrase

To help others is important. In this sentence, 'To help' is the infinitive (being used as noun subject) and 'is' is the verb. What is the object ? 'Others' ? And is 'To help others' an infinitive ...
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Is it OK if the understood subject of a purpose infinitive is different from the main subject?

In the sentence below, the main clause (subject: patients) is followed by an infinitival that I understand to be a purpose infinitive. However, the logical subject of the infinitival seems to be the ...
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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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Which part of speech is this?

"It is obligatory for companies to provide details of their industrial processes." The sentence above has phrase "obligatory for companies" and phrase "to provide details of their industrial ...
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Difference between infinitive phrase and gerund phrase as subject

What's the difference in meaning between these two sentences: To find fault with others is easy. Finding fault with others is easy. Also more generally, what's the difference between ...
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Should there be an infinitive in “sharp corrections to elevated stock prices”?

…the Survey calls "a classic emerging market 'sudden stall' induced by sharp corrections to elevated stock prices." With Indian stock indices continuing… (emphasis added) Why it is "to + verb 2nd ...
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Have existed vs. To have existed

I want to know that: does the perfect tense function it proper usage when it preceded by “to” infinitive. I was taught that we couldn’t put “ago” with present perfect. So, I came across a sentence ...
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Why is it Infinitive

"She must go there".Why is go infinitive? Neither it is acting like a noun nor it is qualifying any verb,noun or adjective. If above mentioned qualities are not prerequisites for being an infinitive ...
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Phrase type:To qualify as A for B?

While I was reading Wikipedia article(Felony murder rule),I came across a phrase 'to qualify as an underlying offense for a felony murder'.I tried to get the essence of the phrase from the context of ...
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Do Prepositions Alter Meaning of a Subject?

Do prepositions alter the meaning of a subject in a way that changes what the verb's compliment is referring to? (Specifically infinitive phrase compliments) Examples: I work at my position in time ...
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(Subject) changed (object) to be?

Please have a look at the constructions below: The table of values were changed to be more accurate. I am fairly confident that the above sentence is good English, with the meaning that the ...
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Dilemma of “forbade me to use” and “forbade me using”

Consider the sentence: "My teacher forbade me to use mobile phone in the class." Is it right to rewrite the sentence as: "My teacher forbade me using mobile phone in the class." ? Please ...
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“go to look for somebody in the place” vs “go to the place to look for somebody”

Given sentence: Off they went to look for the astrologer in the forest. Question: Where did they go to look for the astrologer? Possible answers: They went to the forest to look for the ...
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Should I say 'find…interesting' or 'find…to be interesting'?

In the sentence I find Area 51 interesting because there is so little information about it. Shall I add 'to be' before 'interesting'?
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“to let fall is”… A complete clause? What is the subject?

“There are two ways of ridding ourselves of a thing which burdens us, casting it away or letting it fall. To cast away requires an effort of which we may not be capable, to let fall imposes no labour, ...
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Meaning of “(assessing) points to nowhere”

A previous question post by a new user was put on hold because five people, incuding me, voted it to be "primarily opinion-based" because (or despite) it asking about one line in a song. Therefore I ...
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how to say something cannot be that way

This text was written by coffee1054 in this question: You might feel that it is impossible for resistance be strictly equal to zero: maybe it leads to some contradiction with Ohm's law. In the ...
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Looking for the subject of an infinitive phrase

From an article on kiting: Leading edge inflatable kites, known also as inflatables, LEI kites or C-kites, are typically made from ripstop polyester with an inflatable plastic bladder that spans ...