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verb + object + to-infinitive

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verb + object + to-infinitive

Postby Rustamsher » Tue May 07, 2013 2:19 pm


According to ''Advanced Grammar In Use" by M.Hewings, the following rule is given:

After some verbs we cannot include an object before a to-infinitive:

He threatened to report their behaviour to the principal.
(NOT He threatened THEM to report their behaviour...)

Can we say:

(a) He proposed US to go to the theatre (Verb + object + to-infinitive).
(b) Sobir promised HIS MOTHER to be at home early (Verb + object + to-infinitive).

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Re: verb + object + to-infinitive

Postby Alan » Wed May 08, 2013 6:25 am

(a) No! --> proposed that we go... (present subjunctive)

(b) --> to be home early (otherwise OK)
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