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    Question for a specific sentence...

    In the sentence "Many proteins regulate epithelial membranes to make them function properly," what is the 'to make them function properly' part of the sentence called?

    It is not a subordinate, yet it is not essential for the primary clause of the sentence to make sense. It adds a secondary verb to the sentence, and provide additional information regarding the primary clause. What can it be referred to as?

    Looking forward to any replies. Thank you.

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    Re: Question for a specific sentence...

    Quote Originally Posted by tiCha View Post
    In the sentence "Many proteins regulate epithelial membranes to make them function properly," what is the 'to make them function properly' part of the sentence called?

    It is not a subordinate, yet it is not essential for the primary clause of the sentence to make sense. It adds a secondary verb to the sentence, and provide additional information regarding the primary clause. What can it be referred to as?

    Looking forward to any replies. Thank you.
    'to make them function properly' is a secondary clause and has the unsaid word 'in order' hence this is an adverb clause

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