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This is my first posting so I hope you can bear with me on this.
I am puzzled by these questions so I'll be grateful if you can help me on this.
(a) infinitive phrase as the object of the verb (b) infinitive as the complement of verb 'be'
which case are these?
1) It is highly creditable for him to have risen to eminence from obscurity.
2) The blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject.
a) Mary wants to see the stars. (infinitive as direct object)
b) The solution is to wait until dark. (infinitive as complement of "to be")
Both of your examples show the infinitive as a complement of "to be", but with 'extraposed it'.
Your second example is not a complete sentence. Did you mean, "It is a blessing to have a friend ..."?
thank you so much for replying. 'it anticipatory ' is applied in both of the examples as you have explained. it is much clearer now. thanks.
as for the second example, i am sorry as i don't mean to confuse you. i was 'goggling' (see link) for answer when i saw this line and i thought it's interesting. is this case of the semantics but unacceptable in proper grammar structure?
so if the second example is rephrased as "it is a blessing to have a friend to whom one can speak fearless on any subject", which case is this? "infinitive as the complement of verb 'be'"?
thank you for being patience with me.
Dan01hi CJ!Regarding your question about the "google" search and its results, as in your example, the first line that comes after the search is incorrect. You can confirm this by removing the word "blessing" from text box and clicking on the 'Search' button. If you click the 'Search' button, you can still see a new sentence:"The it is ...subject'--which is, again, wrong. To avoid such unexpected search results, you need to put the sentence or pattern inside double quotes.
if the second example is rephrased ...which case is this? "infinitive as the complement of verb 'be'"?
Yes. As rephrased it is the complement of 'be'.
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