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    The infinitive after a linking verb

    What does the addition of the infinitive do in this sentence? I appear to be fortunate. I appear fortunate is a linking verb and predicate adjective. is it proper to use infinitive here? Does it affect the predicate adjective? I am confused about whether adding the infinitive to be after a linking verb is correct.
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    Re: The infinitive after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    What does the addition of the infinitive do in this sentence? I appear to be fortunate. I appear fortunate is a linking verb and predicate adjective. is it proper to use infinitive here? Does it affect the predicate adjective? I am confused about whether adding the infinitive to be after a linking verb is correct.
    jenny
    Not a teacher 'appear to inf' is a structure, you can't change it. You can use 'appear' without 'to inf' when this verb is followed by a noun. In this case, 'fortunate' is an adjective.


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    Re: The infinitive after a linking verb

    I would appear to be (a very) fortunate (person).

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    Re: The infinitive after a linking verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    What does the addition of the infinitive do in this sentence? I appear to be fortunate. I appear fortunate is a linking verb and predicate adjective. is it proper to use infinitive here? Does it affect the predicate adjective? I am confused about whether adding the infinitive to be after a linking verb is correct.
    jenny
    Yes it is proper to use "to be" here, but it's not necessary. It's optional.
    No, it doesn't affect the adjective.
    You can't use is after every linking verb.
    You can use it after: seem, prove, come, get, look ...
    You seem to be sick
    It might prove to be wrong.
    How did you come to be so dirty?
    How did he get to be a teacher?
    You look to be in pain.
    (Note that a lot of these need "to be").
    You can't use it after: become, remain, stay ...

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