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    Default demanded that

    She demanded that her boyfriend to put his towel on after he came out the bathroom.

    Is this sentence ok ? If not, why ?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: demanded that

    She demanded that her boyfriend to put his towel on after he came out of the bathroom.

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    Default Re: demanded that

    you should either say:
    She demanded her boyfriend to put his towel on.......
    or,
    She demanded that her boyfriend put his towel on.......

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    Welcome, manal.

    correction
    She demanded her boyfriend put, not *to put.

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    Not even when it's a direct order??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alanmo
    She demanded that her boyfriend to put his towel on after he came out the bathroom.
    Thank you
    This is what I think:

    Where two verbs are used in succession with the first in the past/perfect tense, the second is treated as an infinitive without 'to'.

    EX
    1. My boss made me stay back to work overtime
    (not 'made me to stay back to work overtime)

    2. I have heard him mention the place before.
    (not 'heard him to mention...')

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    Default Re: demanded that

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc
    This is what I think:

    Where two verbs are used in succession with the first in the past/perfect tense, the second is treated as an infinitive without 'to'.
    Not always:

    My boss allowed me to leave.

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    Default Re: demanded that

    It's not about direct orders or tense; it's about subjects and objects, and the verb's semantic structure:

    subject
    She demanded that her boyfriend put a towel on.

    object
    She told him to put a towel on.
    My boss made me stay ...
    I heard him mention ...

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    Default Re: demanded that

    Is this incorrect?
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    They demanded me to leave.

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    Default Re: demanded that

    In North American English it would be ungrammatical. The verb 'demand' has the following semantic requirement, demand <something>, not *demand <someone>. 'something' is a nominal, either a that-clause or a noun, never an object pronoun + (PRO) + infinitive verb.

    EX: They demanded (that) I leave.
    EX: They demanded (that) someone clean the pool.
    EX: They demanded (that) something be done about the garden.
    EX: They also demanded a car.

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