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    We cannot allow this man to become president.

    Hi teachers and learners,

    I am currently trying to learn about the parts of speech and its various functions. Could you be so kind and help me with this one?

    'We cannot allow this man to become president.'

    We = subject

    cannot allow = verb phrase

    this man = direct object

    to become president = infinitive phrase (acting as an adverb?)

    Is my analysis correct?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Sentence Analysis (containing an infinitive phrase)

    I think 'to become the president' modifies 'this man', so it acts as an
    adjective. It acts as an adverb modifying 'striving' in 'He is striving to become the president'.

    BTW, thanks for your correction in another thread.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 09-Oct-2016 at 17:27.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Sentence Analysis (containing an infinitive phrase)

    Mr Hedgehog, please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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