verb + to-infinitive

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verb + to-infinitive

Postby Coldm » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:23 am


I need some help with clarifying how the to-infinitive fits into the below sentence:

I decided to go home as soon as possible.

My question is does it form part of the verb element togther with the verb 'decided'?

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Re: verb + to-infinitive

Postby Alan » Mon Mar 11, 2013 5:35 am

It's really a question of analytical viewpoint.

Taking the term 'verb phrase' in its widest sense, everything that follows its head - the finite verb 'decided' - constituting its complementation, is technically a dependent part of that VP and therefore, in a sense, a part of it.

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