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    Cooklava is offline Junior Member
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    Infinitive

    1. I want to sing.
    2. I want her to sing.


    In #1, the infinitive is functioning as a noun (direct object. In #2, is the infinitive functioning as any part of speech? I know that "her" is its subject, but that's all. Is it only a bare infinitive in #2?

    Thank you.

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    Dawood Usmani is offline Senior Member
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    Question Re: Infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Cooklava View Post
    1. I want to sing.
    2. I want her to sing.


    In #1, the infinitive is functioning as a noun (direct object. In #2, is the infinitive functioning as any part of speech? I know that "her" is its subject, but that's all. Is it only a bare infinitive in #2?

    Thank you.
    It's an objective complement.
    Regards!
    Dawood

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