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    perfect infinitive

    Here is the sentence:


    We expect to have finished the work by the summer.


    I do not understand why there is used the Perfect Infinitive there instead of the simple form (to finish). I understand the use of the Perfect Infinitive for example in this sentence: I would like to have seen the Taj Mahal when I was in India. But why in the above sentence? Is that because the work begun in the past? Thank you for your answer.

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    Re: perfect infinitive

    It's OK. Obviously there's context behind the sentence which might explain the choice. But there isn't much difference in the choice - as there would be in the second example you've given.

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    Re: perfect infinitive

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    Hello bart-leby.

    Note that there was no reason to capitalise "present", "subordinate", "principal" or "past" in your post. They are not proper nouns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bart-leby View Post
    I do not understand why there is used the Pperfect Iinfinitive there instead of the simple form (to finish). I understand the use of the Pperfect Iinfinitive for example in this sentence: I would like to have seen the Taj Mahal when I was in India. But why in the above sentence? Is that because the work begun in the past? Thank you for your answer.

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