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    Infinitive question

    Barbara was there to help.

    Is the infinitive "to help" modifying "there" or "was"?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Infinitive question

    It's an adverb and it's short for in order to help.


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    Re: Infinitive question

    Thank you. What word is it modifying though? "Was" or "there"?

    Barbara was there to help.

    Is the infinitive "to help" modifying "there" or "was"?

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    Re: Infinitive question

    Adverbs modify verbs. The infinitive to help modifies the whole clause Barb was there.

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