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    I want to ask about Infinitive Complements.

    Like this example:
    What should you do for a cold?
    It's important to.....
    It's sometimes helpful...
    It's a good idea....

    What are the purpose and definition of Infinitive Complements?
    And what is the formula?

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Infinitive Complements

    Quote Originally Posted by BenJCMil View Post
    I want to ask about Infinitive Complements.

    Like this example:
    What should you do for a cold?
    It's important to.....
    It's sometimes helpful...
    It's a good idea....

    What are the purpose and definition of Infinitive Complements?
    And what is the formula?

    Thank you
    The verb To Be (e.g., am, is, was, were) takes a complement:

    Ex: It is important to drink fluids.

    Infinitive verbs do not have tense; they are in their base form (e.g., walked (tense), walk (infinitive). The infinitive has two forms: the base infinitive (e.g., walk) and the to-infinitive (e.g., to walk).

    The formula:

    expletive subject (It) + adjective or noun (important, helpful, a good idea)

    Ex: What should you do for a cold?

    • It's important to drink fluids.
    • It's important that you drink fluids.
    • That you drink fluids is important.
    • Drinking fluids is important.

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    Default Re: Infinitive Complements

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    [*]Drinking fluids is important.[/LIST]

    Isn't drinking fluids a gerund?

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    Default Re: Infinitive Complements

    Quote Originally Posted by jhonerliz View Post
    Isn't drinking fluids a gerund?
    Yes, and it's also a part of the infinitive complement formula:

    It's important to drink fluids => Drinking fluids is important => That you drink fluids is important.

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