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    Infinitive phrase as a Subject Complement

    "They are to protect the leader at all cost"

    I already know the infinitive act as a subject complement but what I really want to know is its function to the subject. Does the infinitive act as a noun, adverbial, or adjective?

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    Re: Infinitive phrase as a Subject Complement

    What makes you think the infinitive is a subject complement in that sentence?

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    Re: Infinitive phrase as a Subject Complement

    Because it comes after a linking verb. The sentence orginally came from the context of a captain ordering his squad to protect the leader.

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    Re: Infinitive phrase as a Subject Complement

    It does not come after a linking verb. It come after the quasi-modal am/is/are to.

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