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Help me, please, to decide on the function of the words "to examine" and "to ptotect" in the sentence:
"The police has two major responsibilities: to examine the victim, and to protect all the evidence."
I believe they are predicate, but I was tought that infinitive cannon function as a predicate with few exceptions.
Surely that would be easier)))). But I have a fixed sentence, where I must define the syntactic function of the infinitives "to examine" and "to ptotect" in the given sequence, without any alternations
police / has / responsibilities = to examine/ victim . . . and . . to protect/evidence."
These may be a predicate nominatives.
The use of the colon makes this structure unique.
Last edited by susiedq; 01-Mar-2012 at 15:21.
I see then an attribute here. what exect responsibilities? - responsibilities to examine and protect.
No predicate. "two mayor responsibilities" is the object of 'have'. The coordinated infinitive phrases function as a restrictive apposition - it defines the object, names the object.
Incidentally, the sentence is incorrect. It should be "The police have ..."