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    syntactic function

    Help me, please, to decide on the function of the words "to examine" and "to ptotect" in the sentence:
    "The police has two major responsibilities: to examine the victim, and to protect all the evidence."

    I believe they are predicate, but I was tought that infinitive cannon function as a predicate with few exceptions.

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    Re: syntactic function

    Quote Originally Posted by marin123 View Post
    Help me, please, to decide on the function of the words "to examine" and "to ptotect" in the sentence:
    "The police have two major responsibilities: to examine the victim, and to protect all the evidence."

    I believe they are predicate, but I was taught that infinitive cannot function as a predicate with few exceptions.
    Would it make it easier to understand if it were expressed it as:
    "The two main functions of the police are to examine the victim and to protect all the evidence"?

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    Re: syntactic function

    Surely that would be easier)))). But I have a fixed sentence, where I must define the syntactic function of the infinitives "to examine" and "to ptotect" in the given sequence, without any alternations

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    Re: syntactic function

    police / has / responsibilities = to examine/ victim . . . and . . to protect/evidence."

    These may be a predicate nominatives.

    The use of the colon makes this structure unique.
    Last edited by susiedq; 01-Mar-2012 at 15:21.

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    Re: syntactic function

    I see then an attribute here. what exect responsibilities? - responsibilities to examine and protect.

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    Re: syntactic function

    No predicate. "two mayor responsibilities" is the object of 'have'. The coordinated infinitive phrases function as a restrictive apposition - it defines the object, names the object.

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    Re: syntactic function

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedq View Post
    police / has / responsibilities = to examine/ victim . . . and . . to protect/evidence."

    These may be a predicate nominatives.
    Absurd!

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    Re: syntactic function

    Incidentally, the sentence is incorrect. It should be "The police have ..."

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