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Can someone diagram or parse the following sentence: Let's drive to the library to borrow a book. I'm having a hard time with drive. Is it an infinitive phrase with an implied to?
Isn't it implied because it's not there. Doesn't an infinitive begin with to and then the verb to form and infinitive phrase. If there is no to in front of drive how do I know that it's an infinitive? Can you tell me if the rest of the sentence analysis is correct?
"Let's drive to the library to borrow a book." -->
(you) = subject
let = verb
us (to) drive = infinitive - direct object of "let"
us = subject of infinitive
(to) drive = infinitive
to borrow a book = infinitive - adverb modifier of "drive"
It can be preceded by 'to' where syntax demands, but the presence or absence of the latter in no way affects its status as an infinitive.
Last edited by philo2009; 07-Dec-2012 at 07:33.