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Finite Verb or Verbal? -- The "To" Test (Ex # 9)
from Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children, by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
Analysis Key

 
1. He would certainly send {after him} to seize him and shut him [#1] up {in

prison}. |

2. I cannot allow any {of my men} to put himself [#2] {in danger} {for a mere 

whim} {of mine}. |

3. We must ask him to come and have dinner [#3] {with us and the Sheriff} 

{in the town-hall} today. |

4. There was [#4] also great anger (PN) {against the Prioress}, | but no one tried

to punish her [#5], [Adv. to "tried" because Robin had asked them to spare her [#6]. |


Notes
1. "Him" is the direct object of the infinitives ("to seize" and "shut"). The infinitives function as adverbs to "would send."
2. "Any" is the subject, and "himself" is the direct object, of the infinitive "to put." The infinitive phrase functions as the direct object of "cannot allow."
3. "Dinner" is the direct object of the infinitive "to have"; "him" is the subject of the infinitives "to come" and "have." The infinitive phrase is the direct object of "must ask."
4. Alternatively, see also "Expletives."
5. "Her" is the direct object of the infinitive "to punish." The infinitive is the direct object of "tried."
6. "Them" is the subject, and "her" is the direct object, of the infinitive "to spare." The infinitive is the direct object of "had asked."