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    Infinitive Clause

    A friend and I have a disagreement regarding the function of an infinitive in the sentence that follows:

    I want her to be innocent.

    I say that it is an infinitive clause and is the object of the verb. He says that it is an infinitive that serves as an object compliment. I want someone to confirm that I am right, or I want someone to show me that I am wrong.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Infinitive Clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    A friend and I have a disagreement regarding the function of an infinitive in the sentence that follows:

    I want her to be innocent.

    I say that it is an infinitive clause and is the object of the verb. He says that it is an infinitive that serves as an object compliment. I want someone to confirm that I am right, or I want someone to show me that I am wrong.

    Thank you.
    I guess you're both correct!
    -As a complement, "to be innocent" is an objective complement Co of the object "her."
    &
    -As a clause, it is an infinitive clause of the verb "want."

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