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    Default infinitive-- is this a direct object or an adverb-why?

    This is the sentence..."Find me someone who offered to help." "to help" functions as ??

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    Default Re: infinitive-- is this a direct object or an adverb-why?

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovebecki
    This is the sentence..."Find me someone who offered to help." "to help" functions as ??
    find (verb; imperative)
    me (indirect object)
    someone (direct object)
    who offered to help (relative clause)

    who (relative pronoun)
    offered (verb)
    to help (direct object)

    All the best, :D

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    Default Re: infinitive-- is this a direct object or an adverb-why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by ilovebecki
    This is the sentence..."Find me someone who offered to help." "to help" functions as ??
    find (verb; imperative)
    me (indirect object)
    someone (direct object)
    who offered to help (relative clause)

    who (relative pronoun)
    offered (verb)
    to help (direct object)

    All the best, :D



    May I suggest a purpose clause ? The infinitive indicates a clear intention/purpose

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    Default Re: infinitive-- is this a direct object or an adverb-why?

    [quote="McCorner"
    May I suggest a purpose clause? The infinitive indicates a clear intention/purpose. [/quote]

    Well, I see what you mean, but adverbs of purpose express 'in order to', like this,

    1a. Find someone who offered to help. (OK; Object)
    1b. Find someone who offered in order to help. (Not OK; Adverb)

    By the way, 'to help' is a phrase, an infinitive phrase, which means it lacks tense. :D A clause has tense, as well as a subject. :wink:

    All the best, :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Well, I see what you mean, but adverbs of purpose express 'in order to', like this,

    1a. Find someone who offered to help. (OK; Object)
    1b. Find someone who offered in order to help. (Not OK; Adverb)

    By the way, 'to help' is a phrase, an infinitive phrase, which means it lacks tense. :D A clause has tense, as well as a subject. :wink:
    Thanks & sorry for my temporary aphasia ("clause" instead of "phrase")

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    You're welcome. :D :D

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