It is not + noun + to infinitive

I do know an adjective (without a noun) in this construction can be followed by a to-infinitive, as in: It is not acceptable to kill a goat in that way. It is not good to kill him here. But, is it also grammatical to insert a noun after the adjective without changing anything else in … Read more

What is the subject in a passive infinitive sentence saying “to be considered for a promotion”

Once the employees have completed the company’s largest project successfully, they will be offered an opportunity to be considered for a promotion. I found that sentence in my English book and this is a little bit confusing because I am not sure WHO consider the opportunity between the employees and the company. First, I understand … Read more

Grammatical term for a noun coming after an infinitive?

I didn’t come to offer help. As far as I can tell, this is how I would analyze this sentence from a grammatical perspective. I = pronoun didn’t = aux. verb with “not” for negation. come = zero infintive verb. to offer = infinitive acting as an adverb modifying the verb come. help = ? … Read more

Question marks in titles, in particular those beginning ‘How to …’

I found the following blog title without a question mark from The Hindu site: How to ease Afghanistan’s progress in cricket Is it grammatical, if we don’t put question mark in questions of titles? I think this blog title should have been like this: How to ease Afghanistan’s progress in cricket? I also found the … Read more

Answers about please, please

I’m pretty sure that an infinitive can be split with “please” in stated requests, maybe for emphasis. For example, “I’m asking you to please study harder”; “I implore you to please shut up”. A Japanese English teacher acquaintance was disbelieving that such constructions actually existed let alone were grammatically correct! Of course, the assumption that … Read more

“To not undertake” or “not to undertake”

In Buckingham Palace’s statement on Prince Andrew they say this: [He] will continue not to undertake any public duties… This strikes me as a very awkward phrase. Would it have been better had they said: [He] will continue to not undertake any public duties… Or is the Palace’s original correct? Answer Both are correct, but … Read more

Is there such a thing as a future infinitive in English?

I am currently working on the English idiomatic phrase "Someone is said (to do/to be doing/to have done) something," and, try as I might, I cannot find any worthwhile piece of information about the question I am asking myself. Provided that… "It is said that John is a spy." becomes "John is said to be … Read more

Should this verb be in the third-person singular form, the infinitive form, or the present participle form?

Watching a game review, I’ve noticed a phrase whose meaning confused me. The reason why I got confused is that the author used a base form of the verb "to explore" in pair with the singular subject "friend". The question is, is it correct to do this? I will write below two more options as … Read more

Is “make me to go” grammatical?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? You can’t make me to go with you. Is the word to required there or not, and why? Answer When some verbs — and “make” is one of them — take an infinitive as an object or objective complement, the particle “to” is omitted. This construct is called a “bare … Read more

What do you call ‘be-to’ constructions and are they acceptable English?

Consider the following examples: You have to be really patient if you are to go shopping in the afternoon. It must be active if it is to record the film. What is the construction in bold typeface called and should it be used in formal English texts — is it good or bad style? Answer … Read more