Presentation on theme: "Infinitives as Objects When an infinitive acts as a noun, it can be a direct object. In the 1900s Gandhi tried to obtain freedom for India. He also."— Presentation transcript:
Infinitives as Objects When an infinitive acts as a noun, it can be a direct object. In the 1900s Gandhi tried to obtain freedom for India. He also hoped to gain rights for all Indians.
Infinitive clause: An infinitive used as a direct object might be preceded by a noun or pronoun. This noun indicates the doer of the action of the infinitive. It is the subject of the infinitive clause. An infinitive clause always follows the main verb of the sentence.
Infinitive Clause: Gandhi encouraged people to engage in protest. He urged them to act in nonviolent protest of unjust laws. When the subject of the infinitive clause is a pronoun, it is always in the object form.
Infinitives as Appositives An infinitive that acts as a noun can be an appositive. My suggestion, to do a project on Washington, D.C., was accepted by the group.
Infinitive Appositive Positioning: Subject: The team’s goal, to win first place in the conference, meant practicing every day. Subject Complement: Improvement was our aim, to do better at each meet.
Infinitive Appositive Positioning: Direct Object: The team set its own rules, to practice daily and to work hard. Indirect Object: We gave the objective, to bring home a trophy, our best efforts.