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    subject or predicative?

    Hello teacher
    The syntactic function of the infinitival complement clause in the complex sentence:
    There seems to be a fly in my soup. is Subject or Predicative?
    Thank you!
    Ovi


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    Re: subject or predicative?

    the same question for:
    "He is difficult to live with."


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    Re: subject or predicative?

    There seems to be a fly in my soup.

    'Seems to be' is a compound verbal predicate. 'To be' is its notional part.

    He is difficult to live with.

    "Is difficult to live with' is a compound nominal prediate. "Difficult to live with' is its nominal part (predicative). So the infinitive 'to live' is part of the predicative.

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    Re: subject or predicative?

    Thanks for the explanation!

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    #5

    Re: subject or predicative?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    There seems to be a fly in my soup.

    'Seems to be' is a compound verbal predicate. 'To be' is its notional part.

    He is difficult to live with.

    "Is difficult to live with' is a compound nominal prediate. "Difficult to live with' is its nominal part (predicative). So the infinitive 'to live' is part of the predicative.
    I have a slightly different analysis.

    seems to be = verb phrase
    a fly = notional subject
    in my soup = prepositional phrase

    TEST
    A fly seems to be in my soup.

    _________________________

    He = subject
    is = linking verb
    difficult = adjective
    to live with = object
    to = infinitive marker
    live with = phrasal verb


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    Re: subject or predicative?

    Well, many men, many minds.
    Soup, please, take a look at my post on the thread
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...what-they.html

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