Student or Learner
I have a quick question that I'd like to ask.In the sentence below is the infinitive "to stop" being used as an object complement.
The policeman ordered me to stop.
The policeman = Subject
ordered = main verb
me = direct object
to stop = object complement
Is this correct?
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
I'm confused,see links below:
Recognize an infinitive phrase when you see one.
An infinitive phrase will begin with an infinitive [to + simple form of the verb]. It will include objects and/or modifiers. Here are some examples:
To smash a spider
To kick the ball past the dazed goalie
To lick the grease from his shiny fingers despite the disapproving glances of his girlfriend Gloria
and on another website it says:
Subject of an Infinitive
While the word subject in grammar normally applies to a sentence, it is possible for an infinitive to have a subject.
When an infinitive or an infinitive phrase follows certain verbs, the action of the infinitive may be done by a different person or thing than the subject of the sentence. This doer of the infinitive's action follows the verb and comes before the infinitive. This is known as the subject of the infinitive.
Keep in mind that when an infinitive follows a verb, sometimes the word to is dropped from the infinitive.
A personal pronoun is in the objective case when it is a subject of the infinitive.
Examples: We wanted Bill to go to the airport.
Simon helped me to record the data.
No one saw the prisoner escape.
Simon helped me record the data.
(In the last two examples, the word to has been dropped.)
OK I don't know if anyone else is interested but I think I may have gotten an answer to my previous question.
What I said:
Quick question can an infinitive phrase have a subject?
Have a look at these examples:
Sandor wanted to play football.
Sandor wanted Sandorina to play football with him.
Response from Yossarian the Grammarian on Youtube
Only finite verbs have subjects (in traditional grammar). Subjects and verbs can stand alone as small sentences. But no noun can ever combine with an infinitive to make a sentence. "Sandor to play" and "Sandorina to play" are not sentences. Infinitives either act as nouns, adverbs, or adjectives, but never as verbs. In the first example, the infinitive phrase is a noun, the direct object of "wanted". In the second, it's an objective complement.
Thank you Yossarian,you legend