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    Thumbs down The doctor came to see...

    1. the doctor came to see that the patient had died. (is the sentence here expressing the result of infinitive.?)

    2.The doctor came to see the patient. (is the sentence here expressing the purpose of infinitive.?)

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    Default re: The doctor came to see...

    This is the second thread you have started with the same unhelpful title.


    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    I'll change the titles for you this time.


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    Default Re: The doctor came to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by Babai View Post
    1. the doctor came to see that the patient had died. (is the sentence here expressing the result of infinitive.?)

    2.The doctor came to see the patient. (is the sentence here expressing the purpose of infinitive.?)
    I don't understand your question. Your first sentence is highly unlikely. Doctors can be called to a scene to confirm that a person is dead, but not simply to see it.

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    Default Re: The doctor came to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't understand your question. Your first sentence is highly unlikely. Doctors can be called to a scene to confirm that a person is dead, but not simply to see it.
    Also, "came to see" can mean that he had a realization.

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    Default Re: The doctor came to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Also, "came to see" can mean that he had a realization.
    For that, this sentence is a strange phrasing.

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    Default Re: The doctor came to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    For that, this sentence is a strange phrasing.
    Yes, but it's a possible misunderstanding of the first sentence.

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    Default Re: The doctor came to see...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, but it's a possible misunderstanding of the first sentence.
    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't understand your question. Your first sentence is highly unlikely. Doctors can be called to a scene to confirm that a person is dead, but not simply to see it.
    If i rewrite the sentences like below then am i right
    1.The doctor come to see that the patient is dead. (here "to see" is the infinitive of result?) 2.The doctor come to see the patient (here "to see" is the infinitive of purpose?)

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    Default Re: The doctor came to see...

    No. 'Come/go to V' invariably expresses purpose (except, as someone has already pointed out, where 'come to see' has the special meaning 'gradually realized').

    With certain other verbs, however, e.g. 'Arrive to see/witness/...' a result interpretation is more natural, although sense/context need will probably always need to be taken into account.

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