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    Cooklava is offline Junior Member
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    Infinitive question

    She watched him eat.

    "Him" is the direct object and the subject of the infinitive "(to) eat." But what is the infinitive itself doing in this sentence? Does it have a connection to any other word?

    Thank you very much.

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    susiedqq is offline Key Member
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    Re: Infinitive question

    Well, I don't think it's an infinitive.

    The implied is: She watched him (while he was eating)

    I look forward to others offering an answer

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    Re: Infinitive question

    Eat is a bare infinitive (without the participle to).
    Him is not object but only a part of complex object. The object is "him eat".

    This construction is used with verbs reflecting senses: see, hear, feel
    Another examples: A saw him come. I heard him enter the room.

    Michael

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